Dedication of the Blessed John Paul II Mosaic
A weekend celebration took place commemorating the Papacy of Blessed John Paul II in Washington, D.C. It began on Saturday, October 19, 2013, when the National Polish Apostolate members joined with the Friends of the John Paul II Foundation in Washington, D.C., to honor Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Ambassador of the Holy See to the U.S., at a dinner banquet “Wadowice on the Potomac” at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican embassy). The following day, Sunday, October 20, 2013, the members of the National Polish Apostolate attended a special mass in the chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The main celebrant and homilist was Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit and the Episcopal Liaison of the Polish Apostolate. The highlight of the mass was the unveiling and blessing of a mosaic of Blessed John Paul II. The mosaic, a gift of the Polish American Bishops, is placed in the chapel among the other prominent Polish Saints commemorated there.