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.
Events started off Saturday with a showing of a documentary on Pope John Paul II. Later that evening, a Eucharistic Procession called “In the Footsteps of John Paul II” took place, starting at the Shrine. The procession started out by going to the Basilica before winding its way through the campus of Catholic University (with multiple stops for adoration and prayer) and then made a final stop at the Saint John Paul II Seminary before going back to the shrine.