Monument to the Pope John Paul II by Zurab Tsereteli Will Be Unveiled in Paris

On October 25, 2014 there will be an unveiling ceremony for a monument to the Venerable Pope John Paul II designed by the People’s Artist of Russia, President of the Russian Academy of Arts, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Zurab Tsereteli. Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church the Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) has been acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century.

The Polish Catholic Mission in France headed by Mr. Stanislav Ezh appealed  to Zurab Tsereteli with the request to create a sculpture of the Pope John Paul II. The monument was completed and presented to the public at the National Russian Exhibition at Grand Palais in 2010.

The 3.6 m tall bronze monument to the Pope John Paul II installed in the square at the Notre Dame de Paris is a gift of the Russian people and sculptor Zurab Tsereteli to the Polish community of the city of Paris. The official unveiling ceremony to be preceded by a service at the Notre Dame de Paris to be conducted by the Archbishop of Paris His Eminence Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois will be attended by the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, Archbishop of Lodz Marek Jedraszewski, UNESCO representatives and public figures.  

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