- Gorgeous statue of St Pope John Paul standing 11" tall
- Made of resin; hand-painted colors and flowing lines
- Delicate features throughout including his facial expression, fingers, robe and pastoral staff
According to the Catholic Church, a "saint" is anyone in heaven whether recognized on Earth or not, who form the "great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1). They may have not always lived perfect lives but "amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved pleasing to the Lord".
Pope Saint John Paul II inspired hope among the politically oppressed through his tireless fight for justice and solidarity, which helped bring about the end of the Cold War. He had the courage to condemn instances of evil in the world, while also extending grace to those who wronged him. On May 13, 1981, Saint John Paul II was travelling in an open car in Saint Peter’s Square when he was pierced by two bullets in an assassination attempt. Fortunately, he was preserved by the hand of God through Our Lady of Fatima, and after five hours of surgery, followed by a lengthy hospital stay, he returned to his ministry and forgave the assassin.
Saint John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis on April 27 in 2014.
“I leave you now with this prayer: that the Lord Jesus will reveal himself to each one of you, that He will give you the strength to go out and profess that you are Christians, that He will show you that He alone can fill your hearts.” – Pope Saint John Paul II, during his 1979 visit to the National Shrine.