Mangaluru, Nov 23, 2014: Mangaluru Diocese Bishop Rev Fr Aloysius Paul D’Souza flagged off a vehicle rally carrying the statue of Pope John Paul II in the city on November 23, Sunday. The procession which began from Bishop House will conclude at Bajpe. The Bishop blessed the statue before flagging off the rally which was participated by hundreds of vehicles.
The 6.5 feet statue of the Pope John Paul II will be installed at Bajpe on November 27, exactly at the place where the Pope stood and addressed the people in the year 1985.
Pope John Paul II had visited the place on February 6, 1985.To mark the silver jubilee of the visit, a bust of the Pope was unveiled at the venue by the Bishop on February 6, 2010.