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Pope John Paul II admires the twice life-size bronze of Crazy Horse
sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski's "PADEREWSKI: Study of an Immortal,"
a gift from the late sculptor's wife, Ruth, and family represented by
a daughter, Monique. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican City)

"Paderewski" Gift to Pope John Paul II
Is Tribute to His Support of Native People

Pope John Paul II has received a bronze of Korczak Ziolkowski's award-winning sculpture "Paderewski: Study of an Immortal."

The bronze was given in tribute to the pontiff's efforts on behalf of native peoples including the American Indian and in recognition of the recent 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. The sculpture was a personal gift to Pope John Paul II from Mrs. Korczak (Ruth) Ziolkowski and her family. Mrs. Ziolkowski was represented at the ceremony by her daughter Monique Ziolkowski, Monique's daughter Heidi, then 11 years old, and the sculptor's biographer Robb DeWall.

Paderewski was a world-famous Polish pianist, patriot and statesman. The Polish Pope called him "a great man, a very great man," as he accepted the sculpture during a January 22, 1997 audience in the Vatican.

The twice life-size bronze was cast from the marble original which won first prize by popular vote at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The pontiff observed that Korczak's name is well-known in Poland. He said, "People in Poland talk about him."

 

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