John Paul's artifacts, memorabilia to come to US


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Promoters of a traveling exhibit of artifacts and memorabilia belonging to Pope John Paul II have unveiled two items from the pontiff's life that will be on display.

The show opens March 15 in Lubbock in West Texas before going on to St. Louis and Washington, D.C., later in 2013. Dates for the stops after Lubbock are not yet set.

The exhibit will feature the coat of arms of John Paul, which is made up of 21 different types of wood. It will also include a portrait of him in later years waving his right hand.

The Rev. Malcolm Neyland says the pope's influence on the world is "undeniable" even years after his death in 2005. Neyland is executive director of the Lubbock-based nonprofit putting on the exhibit.

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