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Monument of John Paul II unveiled in Moscow

The bronze monument, sculpted by a Ukrainian artist and two Russians, portrays the Pontiff sitting.

Moscow: A monument to late Pope John Paul II was unveiled on Friday in the courtyard of the Moscow`s library of foreign languages.

It will share the quiet space with the likenesses of Charles Dickens, Heinrich Heine, Raoul Wallenberg and several other predominantly European figures.

The bronze monument, sculpted by Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Vasyakin and Russians Ilya and Nikita Fyoklin, portrays the Pontiff sitting.

The idea of building a monument was voiced by Grigory Amnuel, the head of the non-governmental organisation International Dialogue.

John Paul II, a predecessor of Pope Benedict XVI, died on April 02, 2005, aged 84. He was the second-longest documented pontificate, who headed the Catholic Church for 26 years.

The Vatican beatified him in May. Beatification is the third of four steps in the canonisation process.


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