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January 27, 1999: Pope John Paul II's Historic Visit to St. Louis

John Paul II: An Umbrella Used During the Papal Mass



And the Curator of Papal Artifacts, Father Richard Kunst, concelebrates Mass with the future Saint John Paul II. At this Mass, hundreds of Eucharistic ministers distributed communion to the people attending. Umbrellas dire... read more »

January 25, 1959: Pope John XXIII Stuns the World with the Announcement of the Second Vatican Council Scheduled to Commence in October 1962

An Autographed Photo of Saint John XXIII in a Silver Presentation Frame

There have been only twenty-one ecumenical councils in the history of the Catholic Church. In this year of the canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, some very interesting information regarding it can b... read more »

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Secretary to Pope Saint John Paul II, Attends the Debut Performance of the Official Hymn for WYD 2016 in Krakow, Blessed Are the Merciful

Cardinal Dziwisz



Krakow, Poland, Jan 7, 2015 Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow was present for the performance, along with Blycharz. The initial version of the song is sung by Katarzyna Bogusz, Alexandra Maciejewska and Przemek Kleczko... read more »

January 24, 1118: The Election of Pope Gelasius II, Featuring One of the Oldest Artifacts in the Collection--A Lead Seal from a Papal Bulla

Lead Bulla with Name of Pope Gelasius II

The word, bull comes from the Latin, bubble. It is the lead seal that was appended to the end of a document acting as the signature of the pope. On one side, it contains the pope’s name and on the other, images ... read more »

The EWTN Live Interview of Father Richard Kunst, Curator of the Papal Artifacts Collection



We encourage you to view the EWTN live interview, which was broadcast on EWTN on August 4, 2010. We continue to feature it, because the artifacts and interview are a great introduction to the Collection and to the priest who ... read more »

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