Pope John Paul II has always had a special place in the hearts of the Mexican people especially after the five visits he made here during his Papacy. On his last visit he was here for the Canonization of Juan Diego at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here is a shot of him as he drove by….no longer the youthful man we knew on his previous visits but still a powerful force in the world.
The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the late pontiff. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will open the Holy Door and then celebrate Mass. A life-size wax sculpture of the late Pope containing the reliquary of his blood will be on display for veneration by the faithful.
This marks the beginning of a pilgrimage of the relics throughout the archdiocese prior to the Canonization of Pope John Paul II in April. He is well remembered for his previous visits to Mexico. At the end of this pilgrimage the Archdiocese has a series of events schedule for the leading up to the Canonization on April 27th. A prayer vigil will be held in the Cathedral on April 25th.