Benedict XVI Grants 1st TV Interview to Poland

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 23, 2005 ( Polish public television will broadcast Benedict XVI’s first television interview on John Paul II Day.

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Vatican Radio reported Thursday that the program was recorded last Tuesday, in the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, by Jesuit Father Andrea Majevski, who is in charge of Catholic programming at the Polish station.

Father Majevski said that in the interview, which lasted more than 15 minutes, Benedict XVI speaks above all «of the personality» of Pope John Paul II.

«The Pope very cordially remembered his predecessor and his contacts with him, especially his friendship with him,» added Father Majevski.

«He also mentioned the issue of his future visit to Poland,» added the priest. «God willing, I would like to go to Poland next year,» the Pope said in the interview. Benedict XVI spoke without notes in Italian.

Last July the Polish Parliament established John Paul II Day, which will be observed every Oct. 16, the day Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow was elected Pope.

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