Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC
The building once housed the Pope John Paul Cultural Center. Bishop Adam Maida suggested creating something like a presidential museum for popes, but Pope John Paul II suggested what was to become the cultural center.
That center struggled to make ends meet, but the Knights of Columbus eventually purchased it and made it into what it is today. It is now a museum with many exhibitions related to Catholics and to all faiths. It seeks to also explore the place where faith and culture meet through displays, academic discussions and research. There is also a permanent display called "gift of love" which is dedicated to the pope and has exhibits about his life and work in the church.
Pope John Paul II was named Pope on April 27, 2014. It was shortly after that, it was given its current name. The site now has daily worship services and often has special programs and exhibits. Many of them relate to the Catholic faith, but all faiths are welcomed and at times other faiths are also on display. There are also special exhibits on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. All the church holidays are celebrated, and most secular one are as well. The shrine is also a place of pilgrimage, which people of faith may come to in order to pray and draw closer to God.
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