Pope John Paul II Memorial
The memorial in 2010
LocationBoston
TypeMemorial
Length32 in
Width8.25 in
Height53.5 in
Dedicated dateJune 28, 1981
Dedicated toPope John Paul II

A memorial placard of Pope John Paul II, sometimes called Papal Mass Plaque,[1] is installed in Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Description and history

The memorial commemorates the first Mass he celebrated in the United States, on October 1, 1979 at Boston Common.[2] The Gray granite tablet measures approximately 53.5 x 32 x 8.25 in., and was dedicated on June 28, 1981.[1]

An inscription reads: "POPE JOHN PAUL II / IN COMMEMORATION OF / THE FIRST MASS OFFERED IN THE / UNITED STATES BY HIS HOLINESS ON HIS / FIRST PASTORAL VISIT TO THIS COUNTRY / 1 OCTOBER 1979 / HERE ON BOSTON COMMON / DURING THE 350TH YEAR / OF THE FOUNDING OF BOSTON / "MAY GOD'S PEACE DESCENT ON THIS CITY / OF BOSTON, AND BRING JOY TO EVERY / CONSCIENCE AND JOY TO EVERY HEART." / POPE JOHN PAUL II / GIFT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF THE ALHAMBRA".[1]

The work was surveyed by the Smithsonian Institution's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in 1996.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Papal Mass Plaque, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  2. ^ https://boston.curbed.com/maps/boston-common-things-to-do