Father Richard Kunst was privileged to be granted seven papal audiences with Pope John Paul II. During those visits he received the rosaries featured here.
Except for one of them: the former bishop of Duluth, Minnesota, Robert Brom (retired) presented it to Father Kunst as a gift from an ad limina visit he had with the Pope.
It is a pleasure to remember this anniversary with Father Kunst. Pope John Paul II is his favorite Pope and greatest inspiration. And now his favorite saint! A wonderful anniversary to remember.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us!
Some of the items belonging to or associated with Saint John Paul II are featured below, and the rest of them are on Papal Artifacts/John Paul II with information about all of them.
About the EWTN Live Interview:
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 has made it part of his life’s work to preserve these items and to share them with the public.
In 2012, EWTN produced a series, which aired in August 2013, entitled, The Papacy: A Living History, the Papal Artifacts’ Collection of Father Richard Kunst. The five episodes were well received, and a second season then aired in 2015. Prior to the canonizations of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II, two additional episodes aired on just these two popes.
EWTN has made a DVD of the first season of The Papacy: A Living History, which can be purchased through them. Their plan is to feature a third season and offer another DVD of all three seasons.
Since new artifacts are always being added to the Collection, and because Father Kunst and his co-host, Father Ryan Moravitz, are so knowledgeable and entertaining in their presentations, the episodes continue to inform the public about the papacy and the men who have held this highest office.
I have always had a purpose in collecting these artifacts: to educate the faithful about both the structure of the Catholic Church and the popes, specifically. When we call the pope the Vicar of Christ, what we are saying is that he is the voice of Christ on earth; that is what vicar means.
My hope and desire is that my passion for the popes will lead others to the same love for and interest in our Holy Fathers, from Peter to Francis.
It is my belief that you cannot love what and whom you do not know. May this Collection encourage you to learn more about our Church and about the men and women who have served her so faithfully.—Father Richard Kunst