Pope Benedict XVI visits Poland
Saturday, May 27, 2006
The Pope arrived at Okęcie airport in Warsaw on May 25. He met with President Lech Kaczyński and prayed in an evangelic-augsburg church together with representatives of seven minor Polish churches. The following day he said mass at Piłsudski Square, mirroring a precedent set by his predecessor 27 years earlier. Benedict XVI talked in Latin and in small parts in Polish. Later that day he went to Częstochowa.
On May 27, Benedict XVI visited Wadowice, home town of John Paul II, and Kraków. Crowds of people gathered on the Błonia meadows. Benedict XVI addressed young people in his speech and was met with applause. Benedict XVI expressed his contentment with his visit in Poland.
Tomorrow will be the last day in the pilgrimage; the Pope will visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz and meet with representatives of other religions.
Reactions to the visit
There were some concerns about the reaction of Polish people to Benedict XVI - based on their strong attachment to his predecessor. However, the Pope was warmly welcomed and people were excited by the visit.
The pilgrimage garnered significant media attention, not only Polish press, but also from other countries. Seven TV stations, including CNN, NBC, BBC, and EuroNews, broadcast live reports from the event. Journalists from several German stations and Russian NTW came to Poland for the visit.
- AP. "Pope Visits Poland, Says Hopes John Paul II Will Be Made a Saint 'In the Near Future'" — , May 27, 2006
- "Pope Benedict cheered in birthplace of late Polish pope" — , May 27, 2006
- Reuters. "Pope Benedict on pilgrimage to John Paul's roots" — , May 26, 2006
- Roger Boyes. "Pope misses memorial to Jewish uprising on first day of visit" — , May 26, 2006
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