Ukrainian Notes Pope's Role in "Orange Revolution"

WARSAW, Poland, APRIL 11, 2005 ( John Paul II had a decisive role in the «Orange Revolution,» which enabled Ukraine to undertake the path of democracy without violence, says Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

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At a press conference today during his official visit to Poland, Yushchenko said: «I know that millions of people and Pope John Paul II personally prayed for the Orange Revolution.»

«Without his prayers, the revolution would undoubtedly not have had such success,» said the Ukrainian leader, who last Friday attended John Paul II’s funeral at the Vatican.

«I regret very much that I was unable to meet with John Paul II before his death,» he added.

For his part, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said that the Pope was very concerned about Ukraine, and that every time they met, he «always addressed this question.»

In November, when the revolution took place, the Holy Father guaranteed his prayers for the country, avoiding political comments.

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