“John Paul II – Pope of Dialogue” — an exhibition celebrating the centenary of John Paul II’s birth at the Church of Our Lady of the Chapel in Brussels. 🗺
« For Pope John Paul II dialogue was never an end in itself but always a means to interact with human beings. Among the sick, the poor, the young, the elderly, thinkers, politicians, artists, and diplomats, on all the continents, in all situations, and facing various ethnic groups, John Paul II was constantly discovering the human beings behind the dialogue. In this exhibition, this discovery is visibly evident on the faces of people: both the anxious and those full of joy, hope, and life. »
In Brussels, the meaning of the exhibition combining text with photography is enhanced by the space of the Church of Our Lady of the Chapel. The Church is the parish of the Polish Catholic community in Brussels. It is also one of the oldest buildings in the city. Its construction has begun in 1210 in the romanesque-gothic style, on the location of a Romanesque chapel from the first half of the XII century. It is also in this church that Pieter Brueghel the Elder is buried.
The exhibition has been developed by the Center for the Thought of John Paul II in Warsaw. and produced by
Polish Institute in Brussels in collaboration with Polska Wspólnota Katolicka w Brukseli [Polish Catholic Community in Brussels] and O. Damian Kopytto — Polish Pastoral Coordinator in Belgium.
The virtual walk is accompanied by the Polish Chamber Choir, dir. Jan Łukaszewski, with the piece “Victimæ paschali laudes” by Jan Krutul.