Art exhibits, new book honor Pope John Paul II

Rome, Sep. 29 ( - Nearly 18 months after his death, Pope John Paul II remains the subject of intense public interest, as new books and exhibits in Rome attest.

On September 27, an exhibition of artwork honoring Pope John Paul II was opened at the basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the former Vatican Secretary of State, present for the opening ceremony. The exhibit features the work of the painter Giuseppe Afrune, who produced a number of portraits of the Pontiff.

In October, the society of the Divine Savior will open another commemorative exhibit, at the Cesi palace near the Vatican, recalling the 28 years of John Paul's pontificate. This exhibit will feature the works of Lorenzo D'Andrea, who sought to captue the personality and charisma of the late Pope in his artwork.

On October 3, the Edimond publishing house will release a book entitled John Paul II: secrets of a pontificate, by the journalist Franco Bucarelli. Prominent among the officials expected for the book's launching party is Msgr. Slawomir Oder, the postulator for the cause of John Paul's beatification.


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