Have No Fear! John Paul II Center in
is destined to be the main shrine to the saintly Pope who led
the Catholic Church into its third millenium and made an
indelible mark on the world. The vast complex has been
designed to accommodate a number of Catholic institutions,
such as a Volunteerism Center and the Institute of John Paul
II, as well as churches and chapels. The center is
conveniently situated in close proximity to the famous
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.
Central altar with the relic of John Paul II's blood in a
At the heart of the sanctuary of John Paul II
Even as the complex generally remains a busy construction
site, it already attracts pilgrims. The chief magnet for
them is an octagonal basement shrine to John Paul II known
as the “lower church” of the sanctuary or the Church of the
Relics (Kosciol Relikwi). Although windowless it looks
cheerful thanks to bright lighting and pale decor with
vividly-colored pictures depicting events from the
pontificate of Pope John Paul II, namely his visits to the
world’s most famous Marian sanctuaries. The centerpiece of
the shrine is a rather simple marble altar in the middle
that contains a phial with the relic of the blood of Saint
John Paul II displayed in a glass case.
Holy Mass is said in the church every day at 8 a.m., 10
a.m., noon, and 5 p.m.
The sanctuary of Saint John Paul II is situated in the Lagiewniki neighborhood of Krakow, some four kilometers
south of the
Old town historical center. It’s accessible on
foot from the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy after a five minutes
walk (motorists may use a sizable car park at the Divine
Mercy Sanctuary). There are two access roads for cars,
Herberta street from the east and Marcika street from the
west (ul. Zakopianska throughway).
Note: The footpath linking sanctuary of Saint
John Paul II with the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy is
inaccessible and off limits now, due to construction of a
new traffic artery in the area.
GPS coordinates 50 0’ 52’’ N, 19 56’ 20’’ E.
Footpath to Krakow’s Sanctuary of Pope John II, view from
the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.
Contact information for the John Paul II Sanctuary
Postal address: Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II, ul.
Totus Tuus 32, 30-610 Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 122575315.
The bloodstained robe of Saint
John Paul II in the church of his Krakow shrine.