On Wednesday, what would have been the 85th birthday of Pope John Paul II, local dignitaries will get the first peek at an exhibit about the late Pope at Xavier University. The exhibit called, "A Blessing To One Another, Pope John Paul And The Jewish People" will open to the public on Thursday, May 19th. It runs through July 15th.
Fascinated by his relationship with the Jewish community, holocaust scholar, Dr. Yaffa Eliach, began corresponding with Pope John Paul II in the 70's. Dr. Eliach's vision of an exhibit that documents the late Pope's work to bridge the gap between Catholics and Jews came to fruition with the help of Xavier's Dr. William Madges, Dr. James Buchanon, and University of Cincinnati's Rabbi Abie Ingber.
Visitors to the exhibit will see photographs and artifacts from his early days in Poland, to becoming the first Pope to visit a synagogue in 2000 years, to his voyage to Jerusalem where he left a prayer at the Western Wall.