St. John Paul II Shrine Dedication
May 23, 2017
Dominican Father Thomas More Garrett told Catholic News Service that the idea for the shrine came from the serendipitous offer of a swatch of the blood-stained sash St. John Paul wore the day he was struck by four bullets in St. Peter’s Square May 13, 1981.
“Msgr. Slawomir Oder, the postulator of the pope’s canonization cause, said he’d be willing to part with a small piece of the cloth if we could find a fitting place for the relic to be venerated,” Father Garrett said. […]
More than 200 people slogged through drenching rain to reach the church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Inside the Gothic Revival church, they recited the rosary and participated in the Mass of dedication for the shrine. The cloth, enclosed in a simple gold reliquary, sat on a table in front of the altar while Father Garrett celebrated the sung Mass.