Pope John Paul II seen in an image released in March by the postulation of his sainthood cause. He will be beatified on May 1. CNS photo/Grzegorz Galazka, courtesy of Postulation of Pope John Paul II

An exhibition that attempts to capture the spirit of Pope John Paul’s pontificate (1978-2005) is set to tour parishes and schools starting from the weekend of April 30-May 1.

The archdiocesan Catechetical Office is organising the display, titled John Paul II – PONTIFAX (Bridge Builder), which will open at the Church of Divine Mercy.

The exhibition, to mark the late pope’s beatification on May 1, is expected to last until the end of the year.

It will comprise 15 photo panels portraying different facets of the pontiff, says Catechetical Office director Fr Erbin Fernandez.

“It is more a prayerful celebrative experience,” he said. “There will be a CD … playing in the background with his voice praying, and talking and singing.”

The display aims to remember how the late pope was instrumental in bridging East and West, Christianity and other religions, the sacred and secular, and young and old, said Fr Fernandez.

“My hope is that this exhibition will help us to remember the life of this great pontiff and inspire us to recommit ourselves anew to the work of the New Evangelisation in every sector of public life.”

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