Friday, May 19, 2006

Did you know

that Papa is going to Poland? I forgot all about it!

This will certainly be an emotional experience for the Poles, just a year after the death of John Paul II.

Poland is one of the last great Catholic strongholds, although I've always worried that the only thing staving off the rising tide of secularism there was the presence of a Pole in the See of Peter. It's hard to slip into libertine materialism when one of your countrymen is providing such a wonderful Christian witness not only to his native country but to the entire world. And I seem to recall reading about signs of decay... Nevertheless, vocations are very strong in Poland, which is always a good sign. A country with many vocations means that the faithful have not permitted the noise of modern life to block out the voice of the God Who calls His children to Himself and His service.

From the AFP:

WARSAW (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Poland this week on a pilgrimage to the homeland of his hugely popular predecessor John Paul II, where he will pay an emotional tribute at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz.

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