Friday the Vatican and Pope Francis announced that Pope John Paul II would be canonized.
The news came just two days before an exhibit dedicated to the late pontiff was set to close its doors at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
“Portrait of Faith: John Paul II in Life and Art” was supposed to end its run at NOMA on Father’s Day weekend. But the museum decided to keep it for a few more weeks. The decision turned out to be a good one for visitors who also heard the canonization announcement.
“It touches me. It touches our family,” said exhibit visitor Bruce Cuber who brought his son, wife, and nephew to NOMA Friday afternoon.
Cuber’s wife, Ashley, saw John Paul II during the pope’s visit to New Orleans in 1987. She attended the youth summit at the Superdome as well as watched the pope’s procession through the streets of the city.
“It gave me goose bumps. As soon as he passed, I got goose bumps. And I was just so blessed that my mother took us,” Ashley said.
Other NOMA visitors on Friday were also at the Superdome during the pope’s visit. Allison McInnis and her mother reminisced as they walked through the exhibit.
McInnis thinks the canonization announcement will mean John Paul II will help more people than ever.
“If we all open our hearts to him and pray for his intercession through Christ, think what we could do in this world. It would be awesome,” she said.