The Pope of Freedom


27 April – 3 May 2017
10 am – 6 pm daily
St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
University Enclave
North Campus, University of Delhi
Delhi – 110007

The Polish Institute New Delhi, in collaboration with St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, is organizing an exhibition on Pope John Paul II and his pontificate titled “The Pope of Freedom” which will take place at the premises of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, University of Delhi from 27 April to 3 May 2017.

The exhibition consists of notable photographs of Pope John Paul II in the most significant moments of his long pontificate and fragments of his speeches on freedom and other social issues given among others at the European Parliament, the United Nations General Assembly and in the Polish Parliament(Sejm Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej). The exhibition also includes information and photographs from the Pope’s meetings with significant world leaders like Václav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Helmut Kohl, Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro. The exhibition was prepared by the Centre for Thought of John Paul II in cooperation with the European Solidarity Centre.

The exhibition will be complemented by a lecture by Dr. Joanna Pyłat on the opening day and screenings of two documentary films on Pope John Paul III and the different phases and aspects of his glorious pontificate on the following days.

Entry is free for everyone.

Photo IDs need to be shown at the entry of the venue for security reasons.


The Pope of Freedom: A lecture by Dr. Joanna Pyłat
27 April 2017, 10 am
Auditorium, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi

Dr. Joanna Pyłat will give a lecture on Pope John Paul II and the key moments of his pontificate and his contribution to the freedom movements in Eastern and Central Europe.

Dr. Joanna Pyłat is a Polish historian, author and co-author of several books and more than 50 historical articles. Dr. Pyłat has broad knowledge of different aspects of European history with a particular interest in the Second World War and the Polish diaspora. She is also an author of historical maps.


John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You
30 April 2017, 4 pm
Auditorium, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi

John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You ( Jan Paweł II. Szukałem Was…) is a documentary about the life of John Paul II and the message he left in his wake. The film portrays his remarkable place in the history of the church and the world, as well as how his extraordinary personality, openness and original sense of humour united people on all continents, regardless of their social status, age, cherished values or religion. The story is narrated by Krzysztof Ziemiec, a well-known television journalist who has covered the Pope’s pilgrimages many times in the past.


Testimony: The Untold Story of Pope John Paul II
1 May 2017, 5 pm
Auditorium, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
Testimony is a pioneering documentary film about the untold story of Pope John Paul II, a man who touched millions of lives and emerged as one of the leading voices of the 21st century. Known for his kindness, generosity and sincere concern for his fellow human equals, he changed the course of history through his actions and efforts aimed at achieving peace and resolution between the various conflicting entities and notions of the world.

The film is narrated through detailed discussions with Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the Pontiff’s trusted advisor and his right hand for 40 years. Combined with recently discovered and previously unseen footage of John Paul’s early life and subsequent ascent to the papacy, Testimony is the portrayal of a man who played a pivotal role in changing history through his help and support for freedom movements in many nations.

The documentary is affectionately narrated by Michael York and features music by Oscar-winning composer Vangelis.