12 Stunning Statues of John Paul the Great

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On April 2, his death anniversary, enjoy these statues of John Paul II from around the world culled from Flickr’s Creative Commons. They show the universal love Catholics have for the Polish pontiff.

Madrid

Outside the beautiful cathedral he consecrated in 1993, Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain. (Flickr photo by Barcex)

Outside the beautiful cathedral he consecrated in 1993, Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain. (Flickr photo by Barcex)

 

Assisi

To commemorate his Assisi meetings, the ascetical statue of Pope John Paul II stands at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi (Flickr photo Benjamin)

To commemorate his Assisi meetings, the ascetical statue of Pope John Paul II stands at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi (Flickr photo Benjamin)

 

Philippines

 

A Bacolod, Philippines, real estate corporation reclaimed land John Paul had visited and commemorated the visit with John Paul Tower. (Flickr Photo Gary Hess)

A Bacolod, Philippines, real estate corporation reclaimed land John Paul had visited and commemorated the visit with the John Paul II Tower. (Flickr Photo Gary Hess)

 

East Timor

A symbol of a nation's freedom struggle: John Paul II Memorial in Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor. (Flickr Austronesian Expeditions)

A symbol of a nation’s freedom struggle: John Paul II Memorial in Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor. (Flickr Austronesian Expeditions)

 

Central Poland

John Paul passes through the gates of the third millennium in this Wrzesnia, Poland, monument. (Flickr photo Andrew Tijou)

John Paul passes through the gates of the third millennium in this Wrzesnia, Poland, monument. (Flickr photo Andrew Tijou)

 

Loreto

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A glass statuette of the Pope at Loreto, Italy. (Flickr Marvin PA)

Yucatan, Mexico

Izamal is a small city in Yucatan, Mexico, known as "The Yellow City." John Paul II visited in 1993 and presented a crowned statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Flickr photo by Adam Jones)

Izamal is a small city in Yucatan, Mexico, known as “The Yellow City.” John Paul II visited in 1993 and presented a crowned statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Flickr photo by Adam Jones)

 

South-Eastern Poland

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This seated John Paul II is at Przemy?l, Poland, near the Ukraine border. (Flickr photo by Radek Szuban)

 

 Phoenix

Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this life-sized statue stands at the diocesan building (Flickr photo Famredsearch2009@yahoo.com)

Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this life-sized statue stands at the diocesan building (Flickr photo Famredsearch2009@yahoo.com)

 

Fatima

The dramatic statue of John Paul II stands in his beloved shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (Flickr cactusbeetroot)

The dramatic statue of John Paul II stands in his beloved shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (Flickr cactusbeetroot)

 

 Czestochowa, Poland

The installation of the world's largest statue of Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland. (photo: Christ The King Church Karachi, Pakistan, Facebook)

The installation of the world’s largest statue of Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland. (photo: Christ The King Church Karachi, Pakistan, Facebook)

 

Mexico City

This statue of Pope John Paul II is in Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza and is made entirely out of donated keys, symbolizing Peter’s successor. (Flickr photo by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

This statue of Pope John Paul II is in Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza and is made entirely out of donated keys, symbolizing Peter’s successor. (Flickr photo by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

 

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Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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