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Krakow’s John Paul II Sanctuary

Have No Fear! John Paul II Center in Krakow 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

Krakow: altar with the relic of the blood of Pope John II

Central altar with the relic of John Paul II's blood in a glass case.

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 Blessed 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. 

Visiting Krakow’s John Paul II Center 

The sanctuary of Blessed 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). 

GPS coordinates 50 0’ 52’’ N, 19 56’ 20’’ E. 

view of Pope John Paul II Sanctuary from the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow

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 bl. Jana Pawla II Papieza, ul. J. Marcika 3, 30-443 Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 124296471.

 

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