The exhibition of personal items of the late Pope John Paul II in Monterrey Mexico has drawn over 100,000 people. The faithful come from Northern Mexico as well as the Southwest United States, with some attributing new miracles to the beloved Pontiff.
A personal Bible, the chalice the Pope used during his pontificate as well as his cassock, chasuble, and cardinal cap. His sunglasses, Kayak and bicycle are also available for viewing. There are approx 150 Personal items belonging to the Pope on display.
“People who come here feel very touched even moved to tears. They say that they feel the presence of John Paul II,” Villacero Foundation director Guillermo MacLean, whose organization put together the exhibit, told Efe.
“Many people who are ill have come here,” MacLean said, noting the case of a woman suffering pain in one of her arms, which she pressed against the bronze replica of one of John Paul II’s hands, and asked the pope to help her get better.
“The woman later returned to give thanks to Pope John Paul II because the problem she was suffering from had gone away,” MacLean said.
The Foundations Director has asked the Vatican if the exhibit can remain thru March 2011, as the many faithful continue to gather in hopes of another miracle.