October 25. 2011. (-Romereports.com-)
The pope received members of the John Paul II Foundation, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The foundation was created by the former pope during the Cold War to improve relations between Poland and the Vatican. Today, one of its main promoters is the Archbishop of Krakow, Stanislaw Dziwisz. Benedicto XVI“My Predecessor Blessed John Paul II instituted in Vatican City State a Foundation bearing his name, with the object of 'promoting through their support, material and otherwise, initiatives of a religious, cultural, pastoral and charitable nature, and cultivating and reinforcing the traditional links between them and the Holy See.'”
Benedict XVI also highlighted the work of the foundation in promoting publications, exhibitions and conferences to help spread the teachings of his predecessor. Benedicto XVI“I trust that, through daily study of the sources and cooperation with bodies of similar character both in Rome and elsewhere, this Center will become an ever more important point of reference for all who seek to know and appreciate the vast and rich heritage that he left us."
The John Paul II Foundation has a museum in Rome, and a hotel for pilgrims that also organizes religious and cultural events.