The life and legacy of St. John Paul II, and an exhibit on the Catholic heritage of North America
The St. John Paul II National Shrine is first and foremost a place of the worship of the God who became man in Jesus Christ. Yet as Saint John Paul II often repeated, in revealing God, Jesus Christ also reveals man to himself. The Shrine is thus not only a place where men and women can receive the Christian sacraments, but also find pastoral care and participate in educational and cultural opportunities that help them to grow in their humanity.
The Shrine is a place of pilgrimage housing two first-class relics of Saint John Paul II. Here, through liturgy and prayer, art, and cultural and religious formation, visitors can enter into its patron’s deep love for God and for man.
From its conception, the Shrine was intended as a response to Saint John Paul II’s, Pope Benedict XVI’s and Pope Francis’ call for a “new evangelization.” It is meant to be a place of the genuine encounter with God that leads to a renewal of individuals, families, societies and cultures – a place where the God who “entered history” (John Paul II, Homily, Dec. 24, 1999) heals and renews every dimension of human life.
The Shrine was designated a national shrine on March 14, 2014 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop