BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pope John Paul II was considered on of the most influential Popes in modern history. John Paul served as Pope from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was made a saint earlier this year.
St. Patrick High School in Biloxi has received a relic that belonged to Pope John Paul. A very special mass was held at the school to commemorate the relic's arrival.
It's rare to see something so sacred on display in America. And its installation at St. Patrick in South Mississippi is extremely significant.
"I can only find about three or four other places in the United States that have a relic like this on display. As Catholics, we don't worship relics. It's like keeping a memento of someone who has passed away. Since Pope John Paul II is a saint, we're going to inspire to become holy like he was," explained teacher Terry Creel.
Terry Creel heads the school's Religious Studies Program and he began the process of bringing this relic to St. Patrick.
"I'm always trying to improve the chapel and the Catholic identity of the school. A year ago, I contacted the Archbishop of Krakow, Poland and asked him for a relic," Creel said.
While the papal relic will be kept in the chapel at St. Patrick, the school extends an open invitation to anyone to come in and experience this piece of Catholic history.