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The "Be Not Afraid!" Center of Saint John Paul II

The "Be Not Afraid!" Center of Saint John Paul II


The "Be Not Afraid!" Center and the Shrine of Saint John Paul II

The "Be Not Afraid!" John Paul II Center is not only a tribute to the Polish pope, but also a continuation of the spiritual legacy left to his compatriots, which is still the source of inspiration for the Church and millions of Christians all over the world. "What we are trying to achieve is to pass this legacy on to future generations while developing it in a creative way and using it as a help in facing new challenges. The center is not only a monument, but more importantly a place where we can meet with his thought, his spirit and his holiness," emphasizes Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz.

The initiative to establish the papal "Be Not Afraid!" Center was undertaken in Kraków on 2 January 2006 by the Archbishop of Kraków, Stanisław Dziwisz. The construction of the facilities designed by the young architect Andrzej Mikulski began in autumn 2008 on the premises of the former factory that belonged to the Belgian chemical company "Solvay," as it was the place symbolically associated with Karol Wojtyła's youth.

During the first stage of construction, the lower church was built, where one can find the relics of John Paul II. It was also then when the Volunteer Center and the John Paul II Institute were built.

The plans for the second stage of the project included the John Paul II Museum, the observation tower and completion of the construction of the upper church. Visitors heading to the upper church can admire bronze doors where Saint Pope John Paul II is pictured together with the saints and blessed raised to the altars by him. The decor is dominated by stone and architectural concrete. The high altar and the adjacent walls are decorated with a mosaic – the artwork of Marco Ivan Rupnik SJ - a renowned artist of Slovene origin and the author of mosaics that can be found, for example, in the crypt of the new church in San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy. The new church was officially consecrated on 23 June 2013, two years after the relics of John Paul II were placed in the lower church.

The facilities yet to be built are: the Conference Center, the Pilgrim House, the Retreat and Rehabilitation Center, and the hotel.


The "Be Not Afraid!" Center and the Shrine of Saint John Paul II
The "Be Not Afraid!" John Paul II Center is not only a tribute to the Polish pope, but also a continuation of the spiritual legacy left to his compatriots, which is still the source of inspiration for the Church and millions of Christians all over the world. "What we are trying to achieve is to pass this legacy on to future generations while developing it in a creative way and using it as a help in facing new challenges. The center is not only a monument, but more importantly a place where we can meet with his thought, his spirit and his holiness," emphasizes Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz. 
The initiative to establish the papal "Be Not Afraid!" Center was undertaken in Kraków on 2 January 2006 by the  Archbishop of Kraków, Stanisław Dziwisz. The construction of the facilities designed by the young architect Andrzej Mikulski began in autumn 2008 on the premises of the former factory that belonged to the Belgian chemical company "Solvay," as it was the place symbolically associated with Karol Wojtyła's youth.
During the first stage of construction, the lower church was built, where one can find the relics of John Paul II. It was also then when the Volunteer Center and the John Paul II Institute were built. 
The plans for the second stage of the project included the John Paul II Museum, the observation tower and completion of the construction of the upper church. Visitors heading to the upper church can admire bronze doors where Saint Pope John Paul II is pictured together with the saints and blessed raised to the altars by him. The decor is dominated by stone and architectural concrete. The high altar and the adjacent walls are decorated with a mosaic – the artwork of Marco Ivan Rupnik SJ - a renowned artist of Slovene origin and the author of mosaics that can be found, for example, in the crypt of the new church in San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy. The new church was officially consecrated on 23 June 2013, two years after the relics of John Paul II were placed in the lower church.
The facilities yet to be built are: the Conference Center, the Pilgrim House, the Retreat and Rehabilitation Center, and the hotel.

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