Basilica marks Pope John Paul II's Baltimore visit

BALTIMORE - In honor of Pope John Paul II's canonization this Sunday, the Archdiocese and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary have created a special exhibit commemorating the former Pope's visit to Baltimore in 1995. 

The exhibit opened Thursday and will be housed in the Basilica Museum. It includes vestments, memorabilia, and photos from the Pope's day-long visit October 8, 1995. 

Among the items included in the exhibit are a telegram Pope John Paul II sent to Cardinal William Keeler following his return to Rome and a piece of wood from the altar used for the Mass celebrated by the Pope at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The exhibit will be open during the Basilica's normal operating hours and admission is free.

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints by Pope Francis during a special Mass in St. Peter's Square.


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