MONTERREY, Mexico – The exhibition of personal effects of the late Pope John Paul II, in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, has led some Mexican faithful to attribute new miracles to the pontiff.
“People who come here feel very touched, even moved to tears. They say that they feel the presence of John Paul II,” Villacero Foundation director Guillermo MacLean, whose organization put together the exhibit, told Efe.
“Many people who are ill have come here,” MacLean said, noting the case of a woman suffering pain in one of her arms, which she pressed against the bronze replica of one of John Paul II’s hands, and asked the pope to help her get better.
“The woman later returned to give thanks to Pope John Paul II because the problem she was suffering from had gone away,” MacLean said.
The foundation’s director also mentioned the case of a mother whose baby was suffering from an illness that doctors believed would cause its premature death, just at the time when John Paul II was visiting the city.
The woman went to pray at the Mass the pope celebrated on a bridge over the Santa Catarina River and “with all the faith in the world,” she asked him to perform a miracle for her baby, MacLean said.
The mother went to the exhibition to thank John Paul II because her child is still alive and its illness has disappeared.
MacLean said that the faithful pray, cry, bring rosaries, Bibles and prints of the Virgin Mary and place them before some of the 150 belongings of John Paul II that have been on show since April 24.
The exhibition has been visited by approximately 100,000 people, both from northern Mexico and from the nearby southwest of the United States.
Among other objects in the exhibit are the personal Bible of the late pope, the chalice he used during his pontificate, a bicycle he owned, his cassock, chasuble, cardinal’s cap, umbrella, sun glasses and his kayak, among other articles.
The exhibition was scheduled to end last June 27, but the Vatican has been asked to keep it open until March 2011. EFE