Musée des religions du monde opens exposition on the 1984 Apostolic Journey of Pope John Paul II to Canada

Friday, May 16 2014
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Visite Jean-Paul II 1984Under the honorary presidency of the Most Reverend André Gazaille, Bishop of Nicolet, the Musée des religions du monde in Nicolet, Quebec, is presenting a special exhibit on the pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II across Canada in 1984. Titled 1984... je me souviens ("1984 ... I remember") the exhibit is open to the public from May 16, 2014, until September 2015. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) collaborated in the preparation of the exposition by providing access to a number of archival photographs, and by agreeing that the 1984 Popemobile be transported from the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The Popemobile, which the Holy Father used in travelling to a number of the major gatherings across the country, is a major focus of the exhibit. The exposition was launched May 15. Among those participating were representatives of the exposition's major sponsor, Radio-Canada (the CBC French-language network), together with Bishop Gazaille and other guests, including CCCB Archivist Mr. Bruce Henry, who representedGeneral Secretary Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H.

Visite Jean-Paul II 1984 OttawaThe visit of the Pope in 1984 was a memorable moment for all the nation and in the history of the Church in Canada. Saint John Paul II became the first Pope to set foot on Canadian soil when he launched a 12-day pastoral visit. After arriving on September 9 in the Quebec City suburb of Ste. Foy, the Holy Father began a 15,000-kilometre marathon that took him from the Atlantic to the Pacific. When his journey ended on September 20, he had visited Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Montreal, St. John's, Moncton, Halifax, Toronto, Midland, Winnipeg/St. Boniface, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Vancouver and what was then referred to as Ottawa-Hull. Millions of Canadians turned out to greet him, to pray with him and to celebrate.

John Paul II PopemobileThree years later, Saint John Paul II returned to Canada to meet with the people of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. During his first visit in 1984, severe weather conditions had prevented him from visiting the Indigenous Peoples from the North. However, he had promised to return, which he did in June 1987. He later made one final trip to Canada in July 2002 for the World Youth Days in Toronto.

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(Photos : © Concacan Inc., 1984)

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 20 2014