CHICAGO (CBS) — Just a few months after Pope John Paul II was canonized as a saint, a north suburban cemetery has honored his 1979 visit to Chicago with a free-form memorial sculpture.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports the free-standing column shows the late pope in carved marble relief over a background view of Chicago, along with blue and gold mosaics of religious icons, and is visible from the road alongside Maryhill Cemetery in Niles.
“It is 32 feet tall. It’s 4 feet wide by 4 feet. It’s carved, so you have two images of John Paul with his arms up in the air, and his lovely smile on his face. And then, below him are mosaic tiles of his visits to Chicago,” said Roman Szabelski, Executive Director of Catholic cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Chicago.