A Word about the Featured Image
As Father Kunst mentions in this interview he was fortunate to meet Pope St. John Paul II a total of seven times, including concelebrating Mass in his private chapel three times. This beautiful photo depicts one moment with him.
Information that was not part of the 2010 interview but is worth noting involve these other significant encounters with Pope St. John Paul II:
—Father Kunst concelebrated with the Pope at Mother Teresa’s beatification and the beatification of the Fatima children.
He concelebrated with him in St. Louis in 1999 & at the 2002 World Youth Day in Toronto.
Most significantly, Father Kunst concelebrated at the beatification and canonization of Pope St. John Paul II as well as he was a Eucharistic Minister at the canonization.
What incredible gifts to cherish.
A Wonderful Introduction to the Papal Artifacts’ Collection. From August 2010
Since this interview was done in 2010, the Collection has grown significantly. We are not going to list those additions, but are correcting information that was unavailable in 2010. Here is the changed & current information regarding several items mentioned in the interview.
—Agnus Dei wax sacramental disks didn’t end with John XXIII: Father Kunst has one from Pope St. Paul VI’s papacy.
—There are autographs of every pope since 1623.
—Father Kunst has zucchettos from the time of Blessed Pius IX, even Pope John Paul I’s, a pope in 1978 for only 33 days.
—Holy Year bricks: Father now has the brick from the 2000 Holy Year.
—St. Maximilian Kolbe: a First Class Relic of him is part of this Collection even though the interviewer suggested it was not possible.
—In 2010 there were just 2 Popes canonized in 500 years: Pius V & X. But now, three more have been canonized: Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI & Pope John Paul II.
—A story mentioned in the interview involved two bound volumes belonging to Pope Clement XI. These books are no longer a part of this Collection.