Polish President Hoping for August Visit by John Paul II

WARSAW, Poland, FEB. 22, 2002 (Zenit.org).- During his visit to the Vatican next week, the president of Poland will invite John Paul II to visit his homeland this summer.

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“We will invite the Pope for the month of August and from my vantage point, the visit will take place in August,” President Aleksander Kwasniewski said in statements over Poland´s public radio station.

Father Adam Schulz, spokesman of the Polish bishops´ conference, confirmed Wednesday the official invitation that Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the primate of Poland, presented to John Paul II.

The Holy Father´s last (and seventh) visit to his country was in 1999. Kwasniewski will visit Italy and the Vatican from Feb. 26-28.

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