John Paul II Hand

In celebration of John Paul II’s canonization, the Polish Center will show the film “Karol, a Man Who Became Pope.”
Did you know of this special piece in our collection?


Copy of the Right Hand of Pope John Paul II
(born Karol Wojtyła, 18 May 1920-died 2 April 2005)

One of only two copies that exist of John Paul’s entire right hand. This plaster cast was produced in 2011 from the mold used to make the original bronze copy of his hand.
The display case was made in the Podhale mountaineer style by artist Janusz J&#281drzejowski, professor at the A. Kenar School of Plastic Arts in Zakopane, Poland.
Carved designs on inner right door of case: Our Lady of Cz&#281stochowa with Tatra couple below. Inner left door of case: Our Lady of Ostrobrama with Krakow couple below. Distinctive Carpathian alpine bells above the hand. Tatra parzenica motif on front of door. Polish Eagle on roof above the Papal coat-of-arms.