St. John Cantius Parish in Philadelphia received a first-class relic of St. John Paul II at a March 16 vigil Mass. The relic was presented by Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzynski, who served as Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary from 1996 to 2005, and currently presides over the Archdiocese of Lviv, Ukraine. The parish, located in the Bridesburg section of the city, features a vibrant Polish-speaking community. Read complete coverage here. (Photos by Gina Christian)
A portrait of St. John Paul hangs before the table on which the first-class relic was displayed at the March 16 Mass.
Father Joseph Zingaro, pastor of St. John Cantius Parish in Philadelphia, holds a first-class relic of St. John Paul that he received during a March 16 Mass from Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzynski, who served as the late pontiff’s personal secretary from 1996 to 2005. (Photo by Gina Christian)
Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzynski (center), attended by Father Andrzej Legowicz (left), displays a first-class relic of St. John Paul before a March 16 Mass marking its formal installation at St. John Cantius Parish in Philadelphia, where Father Konstanty Pruszynski (second from left) and Father Joseph Zingaro, pastor, (right) are in residence. (Gina Christian)
Several parishioners of St. John Cantius dressed in traditional Polish costume for the March 16 Mass at which the first-class relic of the late pontiff was formally installed.
St. John Cantius parishioners celebrated their Polish heritage at the March 16 Mass.
Members of the St. John Cantius choir sang in both Polish and English during the March 16 liturgy.
A bust of St. John Paul overlooks unconsecrated hosts in the sacristy of St. John Cantius Church before the March 16 Mass.
A large banner with various images of St. John Paul hangs in the sacristy of St. John Cantius Church, which received a first-class relic of the late pontiff on March 16.
Father Joseph Zingaro, pastor of St. John Cantius Parish, receives a first-class relic of St. John Paul from Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzynski at the March 16 Mass.
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