A special concert was held in Poland’s capital city yesterday to commemorate Papal Day. This year’s celebration in Warsaw’s Castle Square was particularly poignant due to Pope John Paul’s passing death earlier this year, reported TVP.
It was intended to give thanks to the late Pope and to welcome the new pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. Fr. Stan Fortuna from the United States was among the international line-up of artists, who reportedly performed Pope John Paul II’s favorite songs, hymns and tunes.
The Catholic Church in Poland established Papal Day, which is celebrated on the Sunday preceding Oct. 16, the date of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla’s 1978 election to the papacy. It always follows a week of celebrations that include concerts, exhibitions and other commemorative events. The concert is the highlight.