John Paul II Resumes Public Engagements

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 10, 2002 ( John Paul II has resumed his public engagements after being restricted last week because of an arthritic right knee.

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On Saturday morning, the Holy Father had a long meeting in Paul VI Hall with 1,200 Polish pilgrims.

Leaning on his stick, and assisted by Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, his personal secretary, the Holy Father walked in the auditorium, stopping along the way to greet his compatriots.

The faithful, who were accompanied by Cardinal Jozef Glemp, primate of Poland, were celebrating the reorganization of the dioceses under Warsaw´s jurisdiction.

“Today more than ever it is necessary to give witness with one´s own life, with drive and apostolic solicitude,” the Bishop of Rome exhorted, delivering a long address in Polish in a strong voice.

Many of the pilgrims took up the Pope´s invitation to join him for the Angelus at St. Peter´s Square the next day.

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