Embassy of the Republic of Poland
May 7, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Saint John Paul II National Shrine
3900 Harewood Road NE
Washington DC 20017

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in partnership with the Saint John Paul II National Shrine and the Polish Cultural Institute of New York invite you to celebrate


3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Meet the History 1050 years of the Christianization of Poland

Lecture by Professor Rafał Witkowski (Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland) followed by Q&A

4:30 pm -5:15 pm

A special tour through the Saint John Paul II Exhibit: A Gift of Love, by Shrine staff

Coffee and delicious Polish pastries will be served

Families with children 10 years or older are also welcome to attend the event and tour the interactive exhibit 

Baptism of Poland

In 2016 Poland celebrates the 1050th anniversary of its baptism. On 14 April, 966, the day the first, historic ruler of Poland, Mieszko I, was baptised, marks the beginning of Polish statehood. By embracing Christianity, Mieszko I became equal with other European rulers. As a result of the process of Christianisation, the clergy began arriving in Poland to build a cradle of Christian culture. Mieszko I was baptised through the mediation of Bohemia, which was Christian at the time and from where his wife Princess Dobrava came.

About the Shrine

A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II is a major permanent exhibit dedicated to preserving and promoting the memory and legacy of St. John Paul II. Covering some 16,000 square feet, this permanent exhibit offers a unique experience of learning and inspiration that invites visitors to imitate the virtues and holiness of St. John Paul II. The exhibit leads visitors through a world-class display that traces the life and papacy of John Paul II through two videos, one-of-a-kind personal artifacts, inspiring quotes, and engaging interactive displays.

When: Saturday, May 7th 3.00 pm - 5.15 pm 

Where: Saint John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington DC 20017
            (complimentary parking on site)

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