I spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning down in DC at what is now known as the John Paul II National Shrine near Catholic University. They had a full schedule of events related to the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII (obviously at that shrine most of the attention was on John Paul II.
I wrote about all of the events as the shrine for the website of Catholic Advocate.
The St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II this weekend with a name change and several other events spanning almost a full 24 hours Saturday and Sunday. The shrine, located adjacent to Catholic University and down the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, has been owned by the Knights of Columbus since 2011 after it was previously known as the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops designated it a national shrine, after it was previously an archdiocesan shrine.
Read the whole piece for all of the details.
One other note from what I wrote:
It was also announced that there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 11 at noon in the Upper Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Wuerl will be the celebrant and homilist. It was also announced that Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, who is Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus will be participating. Following the Mass there will be a procession to the Saint John Paul II Shrine for the Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of relics.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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