Vatican Denies Report That John Paul II Will Resign in August

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 4, 2002 ( The Vatican denied that John Paul II intends to resign this August, on the occasion of his visit to Poland.

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Reports of a resignation were published Monday by the Czech weekly newspaper Tyden, citing Church sources in Poland.

But in statements to the press, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, Vatican spokesman, said: “At present, [the Pope] has a full program for the next six months, which includes canonization ceremonies and different ´ad limina´ visits” of national episcopates.

Navarro-Valls added that there are also papal appointments scheduled for 2003.

The Czech newspaper said that if he resigned, the Pope would retire to a monastery near Krakow.

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