PASAY City, September 18, 2014—Veritas 846, the Church-run AM radio station, is currently holding a free, month-long exhibit at the South Pavilion of SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City featuring some 81 sacred relics, Marian artworks, papal memorabilia, and other objects of religious interest which aim to deepen the public’s appreciation of the faith.
Dubbed “Mary and the Popes Exhibit”, the event which officially opened on August 30, intends to raise public awareness on the various devotions to Our Lady and the important role she played in the lives and ministries of past and present Bishops of Rome.
“We are doing this so that the public will know how Marian the popes are and also as a preparation for the upcoming apostolic visit of Pope Francis,” shared Ray Isabela, the religious coordinator of Radyo Veritas.
Each item on display comes with brief information on the history of the image, as well as on past and present popes, many of whom saints devoted to the Mother of God, and whose papacies were characteristically Marian.
“We already know how deeply devoted Pope St. John Paul II to Our Lady of Fátima. But what about the other popes?” asked Isabela.
According to him, the exhibit’s main attraction includes relics and memorabilia of recently canonized saints Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, such as medals and souvenir programs of their canonization; skullcaps, chasubles, and other religious vestments; signed documents, books, and photographs of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
Isabela remarked that special places are given to Philippine images of the Blessed Mother whose veneration have been officially recognized by a pope through canonical approval like Cavite’s Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, Naga’s Peñafrancia, and Manila’s La Naval.
Guests may also take “selfies” with a life-size cardboard cutout of Pope Francis’ image set up on site.
Those who have not yet seen the exhibit have until September 28, Sunday, to do so.
Admission is free. (Raymond A. Sebastián)