The statue, which has been sent by the Vatican, is part of a larger
plan to have similar installations across the world even as the late
pope is about to be canonized.
A church source said the 400-kg statue
had already arrived in the city but it was awaiting clearance from the
The statue will be installed next to the bell in
the cathedral compound.
Another statue is supposed to be installed in a Catholic institution in Delhi.
Known for his leading role in known to be one of the most influential
persons in the world and bringing down the Communist regime in Poland,
the late pope was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Poland.
He became the pope in October 1978 and his tenure lasted till April,
2005. during which, the world witnessed the roll back of Communism from
most of eastern Europe.
Incidentally, he has been the only Polish and non-Italian pope since
He passed Karol Jozef Wojtyla who later took on the name John Paul
II after he become pope away on April 2, 2005.
Pope John Paul
II was pope from October 1978 to April 2005 during which time he saw the
roll back of communism from most of Eastern Europe. He was the only
Polish Pope and was the only non Italian Pope since 1552.
The much travelled pope visited 129 countries in the world and opened the doors of the catholic church
for a dialogue with the protestant churches, judaism, islam and the
eastern rite churches.
He however generated a controversy when he took
orthodox stands on contraception and the ordination of women in the
Church sources said that the statue of the
pope will be installed next to the bell in the cathedral compound to
mark the visit of pope paul vi to the city in the mid 1960's.
John Paul II visited india
twice during his tenure as pope, once in 1986 and again in 1992 and
came out strongly against the trend among radical priests who were part
of the liberation theology movement.
This movement advocated the use of
marxist methods for protecting the rights of the poor and the