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John Paul’s Artifacts, Memorabilia Coming To Texas

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LUBBOCK (AP) – Artifacts and memorabilia of Pope John Paul II are coming to Lubbock and two other U.S. cities next year.

A Lubbock-based organization managing the U.S. stops says the exhibit will have items from throughout the popular pope’s life, from his childhood in Poland through his death in 2005.

The nonprofit National Exhibits Association is to announce the other cities and ticket information at a news conference Thursday.

The exhibit called “I Have Come to You Again” opens in Lubbock March 15.

It’s to have about 130 items, including historic documents, personal belongings, artwork John Paul collected, gifts and art objects given to him.

The pontiff’s successor, Benedict XVI, beatified John Paul last year. Beatification in the Roman Catholic Church is the last major step before sainthood.

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