On the morning
of April 2, the Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, will
celebrate Mass at the Marian Shrine of Lagiewniki. That night,
Pope Benedict XVI will speak to young people in Poland via a live
will be lit on strategic mountaintops, and in John Paul II’s own town
of Wadowice, some 20,000 are expected to gather to pray in front of the
home where he was born.
Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw will also celebrate a special Mass at the J. Pilsudski Square.
At the Marian
Shrine of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, a special requiem entitled, “In
Honor of Pope John Paul II,” will be performed by Italian composer
young people are also expected to gather under the window of the
archbishop’s residence in Krakow, from which John Paul addressed them
on various occasions.
across Poland are preparing to commemorate the first anniversary of the
death of Pope John Paul II with public processions, liturgical
celebrations and reflections on recent statements by Pope Benedict XVI.