John Paul II Exhibition Opens in Venezuela

Aims to Promote Values of Human Rights, Respect

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CARACAS, Venezuela, MAY 4, 2011 ( On Sunday an exhibition opened in Caracas featuring “John Paul II: Thought and Action” in honor of the newly beatified Pontiff.

The itinerant exhibition, organized by INUSEV Venezuela, opened in Bolivar Square, in the framework of activities organized for Blessed John Paul II’s beatification on Sunday.

Simon Pestano, of the executive team INUSEV Venezuela, explained to ZENIT that his organization is a “performative” organization made up of a team of persons “ethically responsible for their surroundings,” “highly aware of the need to generate progress” and with “a wide sense of responsibility and orientation to success.”

The exhibition was open for 12 hours while the ceremony of beatification was being broadcasted live from Vatican City. More than 100 people visited the exhibition during that time.

Present at the opening of the exhibition were the mayor of the Chacao municipality of Caracas, Emilio Graterón, and the ambassador of Poland in Caracas, Jacek Hinz.

The exhibition is generally geared toward children and young people, although it is also of interest to the general public.

Its objective is “to stimulate visitors to reflect on fundamental values such as mutual respect, tolerance, non-discrimination, human rights and the value of life,” said the organizers.

This reflection is carried out under the gaze and historical account of the figure of John Paul II.

Given its itinerant character, the exhibition will be shown first in municipal schools of Chacao and, from May 16-20, in Monteavila University in Caracas.

The exhibition is accompanied by a group of volunteer guides. They will not only explain to visitors the panels that make up the exhibition, but they will also interact with the public on topics related to the life and work of Blessed John Paul II.

A national tour is planned, in which the exhibition will be shown throughout Venezuela over two years with the participation of some 100 guides each year.

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