.- After the meeting he presided at the Sanctuary of Jasna GÃ³ra in Czestochowa, Pope Benedict left for Krakow, where he was welcomed by the Auxiliary Bishop and the mayor of the city. Later on, he appeared at the window to salute and bless the youth gathered before the Archbishops residence
He did so following the practice which arose during Pope John Paul IIâs visits to KrakÃ³w. He first remembered those who gather on the second of every month to pray for John Paul II. âAt the hour of my beloved Predecessorâs death, you come together here to commemorate him and to pray for his elevation to the honours of the altars," the pope began.
Pope Benedict made a vivid recollection of the words of John Paul at this same balcony in 2002, "We cannot remedy it. There is only one remedy. It is the Lord Jesus. âI am the resurrection and the lifeâ means â notwithstanding old age, notwithstanding death â youthfulness is found in God. This is my wish for you: for all the young of KrakÃ³w, of Poland, and of the world."
âThis was his faith- the pope continued- his firm conviction, his witness. And today, despite death, he is among us. He invites us to reinvigorate the grace of faith, to be renewed in the Spirit.â
He concluded his speech by thanking those present and ask them to âpass on my greetings and blessing to the members of your families and to your friends. Thank you!â and gave them the blessing.