Workers in Poland are putting the finishing touches on a new statue of the late Pope John Paul II that its backer is calling the tallest one of the pontiff in the world, the Huffington Post website reports today (April 9, 2013).
The 45.3-foot white fiberglass figure will tower over the southern Polish city of Czestochowa, home of the predominantly Catholic country's most important pilgrimage site, the Jasna Gora monastery.
Funded by a private investor and put on his land, the statue of the Polish-born pontiff shows him smiling and stretching his arms to the world. Today, workers are joining the pieces together and painting them before the official unveiling of the statue on Saturday (April 13) to be attended by church and government authorities.
Leszek Lyson -- who is funding the project -- called Pope John Paul "a great and good man who has done a lot for the world: Ended communism and opened borders in Europe, reached out to people in his pilgrimages around the world." Lyson added, "The statue should make everyone stop and think about life."