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The ambassador of Vatican State to India His Excellency Salvatore Pennacchio Blessed and unveiled life size bronze statue of Blessed John Paul II today at K Channasandra of Horamavu. The Archdiocese of Bangalore is the first ever diocese in the entire India to dedicate a church to Blessed John Paul II.
This historic event took place in the presence of all the 13 Bishops of Karnataka, headed by Archbishop Bernard Moras. It is the fourth statue in India weighing 375 kgs and 2.06 m width completely made out of bronze metal. This statue was manufactured in Bangkok and imported to India. This image of Blessed John Paul II in his Pontifical attire has at the bottom of the statue the impression of the National bird Peacock and National Flower Lotus.
All 13 Bishops of Karnataka present at the historical event
This historic ceremony solemnized by the ambassador of Vatican State to India, Salvatore Pennachhio, in the presence of Archbishop Bernard Moras, along with Chickamagalur, Mysore, Belgaum, Bellary, Shimoga, Belthangady, Bhadravathi, Mangalore, Mandya, Puttur, Karwar and Gulbarga Bishops, Vicar Generals of Bangalore Archdiocese Msgr. S. Jayanathan, Msgr. C. Francis, Episcopal Vicar for Religious Fr. Paul Puthanangady, Chancellor Fr. A.S. Anthony Swamy, Financial Administrator Fr. Edward David, Judicial Vicar Fr. John Abraham, T.C. Palya Dean Fr. Mariappa Gregory, Parish Priest Fr. Alphonse Bhaskar, Archdiocesan Consultors, other Deans, Priests, Religious brothers, sisters and devotees.
Pope John Paul II was raised to the altar of Blessed on 1st May 2011. In memory of this great Pope, the Archdiocese of Bangalore had dedicated a church in K. Channasandra to Blessed John Paul II on 20th August, 2011.
Pope John Paul II was known as a Missionary Pope for his extensive travelling throughout the entire world on a pilgrimage as a Messenger of Peace. He had visited India twice. His first visit was in 1986 1st – 10th February. At that time the Pontiff visited Mangalore. The silver Jubilee of the Pontiff’s visit to India is ever preciously remembered through the installation of the statue of Blessed John Paul in New Delhi and Mumbai.
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