The much anticipated opening ceremony of A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People opened at the Franco Library and Learning Center of Alvernia University. The exhibit highlights the pope and his relationship with Jewish people, starting with his childhood in Wadowice, Poland.
The opening ceremony corresponded with Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, an annual observance to remember the 6 million victims of the Holocaust and emphasize respect for human dignity.
The exhibit at Alvernia includes a replica of the Wadowice synagogue that was destroyed by Nazis in 1939, a prisoner's uniform from Auschwitz and the skullcap and cane Pope John Paul II took on his visit to Israel in 2000.
Visitors can take tours with 32 volunteer guides, and also can go through the exhibit on their own.
For more information regarding the exhibit visit www.alvernia.edu/blessingexhibit