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Prayers from Blessing Exhibit Delivered to Western Wall

More than 31,000 prayers from thousands of Americans, including those who visited the exhibit A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People at Duquesne University, were delivered to the Western Wall the week of July 27.

Nearly 7,000 visitors saw the exhibit at Duquesne, where it was displayed from May 15 to Aug. 11, 2006. Their prayers were inserted into a replica of the Western Wall, as visitors are encouraged to do, and in turn, were delivered to the actual wall by Xavier University Rabbi Abie Ingber, Xavier University Brueggeman Center Director James Buchanan and former Xavier Theology Department Chair Bill Madges.

Xavier reported that 3,953 prayers were placed into the Western Wall by hand. The rest of the prayers were placed in the Western Wall tunnels at a spot close to the Temple of Jerusalem by arrangement with the rabbi of the wall.

This is the second time Blessing prayers have been placed at the wall.  In February 2006, more than 8,600 prayers from the exhibit were delivered to the Western Wall.

The Blessing exhibit chronicled the late pontiff’s life-long relationship with the Jewish people.  Since premiering in May 2005 at Xavier, the exhibit has touched more than 100,000 lives during tours of museums and universities across the country.

It will be featured in the near future at the Holocaust Museum of Houston, Canisius College in Buffalo and the Maltz Museum in Beechwood, Ohio. It has already been displayed at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., Loyola University in Chicago, Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and St. Joseph’s University, among others.

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