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St. John Paul II

The center was named a National Shrine by the USCCB in 2014, shortly after John Paul II's canonization.

St. John Paul II National Shrine, Washington, DC

Visitors can take part in an informative daily tour or independently explore the extensive collection of exhibits, including the liturgical garments JPII wore while visiting 129 countries.

The St. John Paul II National Shrine

A view of the exterior, with modern architechtural design and a perfectly manicured lawn.

First-class relic

Pilgrims at the St. John Paul II National Shrine may venerate a first-class relic of St. John Paul II's blood.

The Life of Saint John Paul II

One of the Shrine's biggest draws is a 16,000-square-foot permanent exhibit entitled A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II, which features video content, dynamic interactive displays, and some personal effects of the pontiff.

The small chapel in the Shrine

A close-up of the small chapel altar

A closer look at the fine mosaic work of Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik

A view of the small chapel from the altar

A recessional view of the large chapel doors.

A look at the large chapel

A prayer for the intercession of St. John Paul II is prayed at the end of Mass.

A fitting tribute to St. John Paul II

Along with the exhibits, another attraction to the Shrine is the variety of pastoral programs they offer, which draw upon the teachings of St. John Paul II.