Catching the Totus Tuus Tour in Gateway Mall

When I learned about the Totus Tuus Tour on social media, I immediately looked for information on its schedule. The Totus Tuus Tour is an exposition of the relics of Pope John Paul II, one of the most well-loved popes and soon-to-be saint.

I’m actually a fan of PJPII, after I saw him drive by Roxas Boulevard in the popemobile during the 1995 World Youth Day. You just need to look at him and feel something amazing — what more when he looked my way and waved his hand (he looked and waved at everyone in that crowded highway). My family and I felt blessed by the Lord that day.

Visiting his relics at Gateway Mall in Cubao — the exhibit runs until April 24 — is like catching another glimpse of a great man, and soon-to-be saint, that has touched the lives of not just Catholics but also people of other religions around the world.

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

Totus Tuus Tour, at the 2nd floor of Gateway Mall

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

Second-class relics, mostly used during his first visit to the Philippines in 1981

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

Among these are a greeting card with his signature (then Cardinal Karol Jozef Wojtyla), a piece of the bedsheet that was used before he died, and the missalette during his beatification

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

The missalette PJPII used during the canonization of St. Lorenzo Ruiz

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

First-class relics: PJPII’s strands of hair on the left and a piece of garment with his blood on the right (during an assassination attempt in 1981)

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

The chair he used during his first visit to the country is also on display.

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

There is an area at the front where you can pray to PJPII

Totus Tuus Tour Philippines

There’s also an area where you can buy PJPII keychains for PHP30 and the book “More Precious Than Gold” by Dave Ceasar dela Cruz

The Totus Tuus Tour was organized on the occasion of Pope John Paul II’s canonization on April 27, 2014. With this event, the faithful can venerate and pray before these sacred relics to deepen their devotion and love for the Catholic Church’s newest saint.

The tour will go around different places in Metro Manila and the Philippines. For schedules and information on the Totus Tuus Tour, you can visit jp2relics.blogspot.com or the St. John Paul II Relics – Philippines Facebook Page.

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  • SJ Valdez April 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! We’ll visit anytime next week! God bless…

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