04.10.2021 - Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO

Exhibition “Karol Wojtyła. Birth”, 4-8 October 2021

4-8 October 2021

UNESCO Headquarters

The exhibition “Karol Wojtyła. Birth” opened at the UNESCO Headquarters. The event was organized on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish Pope by the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO in cooperation with the Polish Institute and the Embassy of Poland in Paris.

The opening ceremony was graced by moving, sometimes very personal speeches by Ms Audrey Azoulay – Director-General of UNESCO, Mgr Francesco Follo - Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO and Ms Magdalena Marcinkowska - Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO. The speakers recalled how important for John Paul II - a citizen of the world - were UNESCO's values. The necessity to tighten ties between the states and to strengthen the Family of Nations were also emphasized.

The Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Poland mentioned in her speech the role that Karol Wojtyła played as the builder of freedom and peace, pointing out his support for the freedom movement started at the Gdańsk Shipyard. She also gave to the UNESCO Director-General an original copy of the photo of John Paul II in front of the Monument of Three Crosses in Gdańsk, taken in 1987 by Zbigniew Kosycarz, photographer related to the city of Gdańsk.

The 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II is celebrated under the auspices of UNESCO. The exhibition created by The Centre for the Thought of John Paul II presents the most important moments both in the life of Karol Wojtyła (#lolek, #karol, #uncle) and in the pope's pontificate (#father, #saint). For the purposes of presenting the achievements of the Polish Pope, two additional boards were created - #philosopher and #architect. The exhibition will be available at the UNESCO Headquarters until October 8, 2021.

 




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