John Paul II's Legacy Recalled as the New Blessed's Relic Comes to Mexico

Prayer offered for late Pope's intercession, that 'peace and justice become a reality in our nation.'

Statue of John Paul II outside of the Mexico City cathedral
Statue of John Paul II outside of the Mexico City cathedral (photo: Wikicommons)

MEXICO CITY (EWTN News) — Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City recently noted that Blessed John Paul II’s call to “fidelity to Christ in his Church” is being repeated as the late Pope’s relic is being venerated in the country.

“Today we rejoice at welcoming to our cathedral of Mexico City the relic and spiritual presence of Blessed John Paul II, a model of the Good Shepherd and a powerful intercessor of our Church. For 32 years, his presence has been in this place, and the memory remains alive in our minds and hearts,” the cardinal said.

The relic of John Paul II is on display at the cathedral of Mexico City through Sept. 9.

The cardinal also recalled the late Holy Father’s love for Our Lady of Guadalupe. During his last visit to Mexico for the canonization of Juan Diego, John Paul II was very excited despite his physical limitations and poor health, Cardinal Rivera said.

“What could separate us from the love of Christ and his Church? His testimony told us: ‘Nothing, because it is when I am weak that I am strong,’” the cardinal added.

“The loving memories and warm sentiments we experienced during each of John Paul II’s visits run together. We thank our Holy Father Benedict XVI with all our hearts for the rapid beatification of our ‘Mexican Pope,’” Cardinal Rivera said.

He concluded by praying for John Paul II’s intercession that Mexico be faithful to its Christian roots and that “peace and justice become a reality in our nation.”