Poland Wants to See John Paul II Again

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller says he has invited John Paul II to visit his homeland again.

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«The Pope said what he has always said in the past: ‘I will go if God permits it,'» Miller told journalists Saturday, as an aside from the European Union’s Intergovernmental Conference on the future Constitution. Miller extended the invitation to the Holy Father a day earlier.

The Pope «maintains magnificent lucidity of spirit» and appears «in good physical condition,» the Prime Minister said. «I don’t think the Pope is worse but, of course, the years take their toll. We hope the Pope will visit Poland again.»

Miller discussed with John Paul II Poland’s position on the Constitution. «I had the impression that the Pope follows this matter very closely,» he said.

Miller said he told the Pope that Poland would support efforts to include a specific reference to Europe’s Christian heritage in the preamble of the document.

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