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‘Kept for posterity. Mementos and events in connection with John Paul II’

‘Kept for posterity. Mementos and events in connection with John Paul II’

‘Kept for posterity. Mementos and events in connection with John Paul II’ is the title given by us to remembrance of the 100th birthday anniversary of Karol Wojtyła. Therefore, we open up our collection and present papal mementos. We also encourage you to watch the archival footage of the visit paid by John Paul II to the Jagiellonian University Museum on 8 June 1997 on the Museum's YouTube channel and the Media Maius webpage.

‘Kept for posterity. Mementos and events in connection with John Paul II’ is the title given by us to remembrance of the 100th birthday anniversary of Karol Wojtyła. Therefore, we open up our collection and present papal mementos. We also encourage you to watch the archival footage of the visit paid by John Paul II to the Jagiellonian University Museum on 8 June 1997 on the Museum's YouTube channel and the Media Maius webpage.

During the second pilgrimage to Poland in 1983, the pope received the honorary doctorate from all faculties of the Jagiellonian University. The ceremony took place on 22 June in the Collegium Maius Hall. After the ceremony, John Paul left a signature in the ‘Royal Book’ kept by the University since the 16th century and donated a facsimile of Ptolemy’s Cosmology. When walking through the Collegium Maius cloister, he stopped in Antoni Żołędziowski’s room to make an entry in the guestbook belonging to the Jagiellonian University Museum. As a memento of that event remains the humble BIC pen purchased in the then-popular PEWEX hard-currency shop (it needs to be mentioned that buying even everyday products was a considerable challenge back in 1983). The pen is still kept in the JU Museum Memento Section under the label of a ‘sentimental keepsake’.

During the same visit, the pope donated to the Museum a rosary made of pearl-shaped white beads connected with tiny silver chains, featuring an image of Our Lady of Fatima and the papal coat-of-arms. The rosary is finished with a crucifix resembling the head of the papal pastoral staff.

The Museum keeps another memento dating to the period when Karol Wojtyła held the office of Kraków’s metropolitan bishop. It is a zucchetto donated by the family of Professor Jerzy Korohoda (1900-1991) on the 600th jubilee of the Jagiellonian University.

The zucchetto is made of red moire, stitched together from eight trilateral panels and with a red canvas lining. The event was additionally commemorated by a panel built into the wall of Saint John Cantius Chapel located in the ground floor of Collegium Maius.