Exhibition ‘John Paul II in Trentino’

John Paul II has always loved nature and, in particular, the mountains.
With great humility, satisfaction and a touch of pride, I share this news: a permanent section dedicated to the intimate connection between the Pope with the Trentino region, with its landscape and its inhabitants, has been opened in the Centrum Jana Pawla II, in Krakow (Poland), the most important museum-sanctuary dedicated to remembering the figure and the work of Pope Wojtyla.

The exhibition traces the visits of John Paul II to Trentino, five times between August 1979 and April 1995, and mixes images of the Pope’s journeys on the mountains with some of my photographs showing the beauty of the landscape.
I have chosen these photographs privileging those moments, often at the edge between earth and sky, where the beauty of Nature has revealed herself as a marvel of Creation. And it is spontaneous to look upwards with a deep sense of gratitude.

It is a case – indeed, it is not … – that a few months ago, without knowing about this assignment, I concluded my new book The Voice of the Dolomites, with this quote:

“These mountains arouse a sense of infinity in your heart, with the desire to lift your mind towards what it is sublime”

John Paul II


(Photo credits: gazetakrakowska.pl)