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John Paul II museum opens in Bacolod

Lighthouse to act as beacon to seamen as well as memorial to late pope

The Pope’s museum in Bacolod (photo courtesy of pinoybiyahero) The Pope’s museum in Bacolod (photo courtesy of pinoybiyahero)
  • Jun Ariolo N. Aguirre, Bacolod City
  • Philippines
  • February 28, 2011
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The Diocese of Bacolod in the central Philippines has opened a lighthouse museum dedicated to the late Pope John Paul as a "beacon to the faithful" in the diocese.

"It is a beacon for fishermen at sea and a light for the spiritual journey of pilgrims," said Father Felix Pasquin, rector of the cathedral of St. Sebastian and head of the Diocesan Commission on Social Communication.

"We welcome people from all walks of life to visit the museum," the priest said. He said Pope John Paul II inspired people in the diocese when he visited 30 years ago.

The late pope visited Bacolod City in 1981 at the invitation of the late Bishop Antonio Fortich.

"The museum is also in anticipation of Pope John Paul II's beautification on May 1," said Father Pasquin.

The "Museum of Live and Love" was conceptualized two years ago during the centennial celebration of the diocese.

The seven-storey museum is located in a 700-square meter lot. The light house was donated to the diocese by a businessman who said he was "blessed" when he saw the pope 30 years ago.

Among the items in the museum is a copy of the pope's speech during his visit, an alb used by the pope and photos of his visit in the province of Negros.

Father Pasquin said he expects pilgrims to flock to the museum during the Holy Week.

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