The featured image is the most treasured item in the Collection: the Chasuble worn by Pope John Paul II at the closing Mass of WYD Denver. It was a gift given to Father Richard Kunst at the time of the Duluth 1994 event, The Vatican Comes to Duluth, which was a showing of his Collection.
More information about this chasuble and the story connected to its acquisition will follow.
A Paperweight Commemorating World Youth Day Denver
It is all glass crystals with an American Airlines logo on top. The following inscription is on the paperweight:
In commemoration of the flight of His Holiness, John Paul II, from Denver to Rome. 15 of August 1993.
The paperweight was a gift to Father Kunst from Bishop Dennis Schnurr who was in charge of World Youth Day Denver.
Colorado Public Television has put together one of the best documentaries available about the World Youth Day Denver 1993 experience. We highly recommend taking the 27 minutes to watch it as a time of reflection and gratitude for this momentous event.
St. John Paul II, pray for us!
Papal Artifacts gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr to the Collection.