DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     January 6, 1999     vol. 10, no. 3

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POPE TO ORDAIN 6 BISHOPS ON EPIPHANY AS HE SETS SIGHTS ON HIS POLISH ROOTS

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Today, the feast of the Epiphany, Pope John Paul II will ordain six men as bishops.

          Three of the new bishops will be papal nuncios: Msgr. Alain Lebeaupin has been assigned as the apostolic nuncio to Ecuador, Msgr. Allesandro d'Errico to Pakistan, and Msgr. Salvatore Pennachio to Rwanda.

          Meanwhile, in a letter to the director of Vatican Radio, Pope John Paul II has offered his thanks for 60 years of broadcasts to Poland.

          "During the sorrowful years of the war and the occupation in Poland, and then during the oppression by the Communist regime, Vatican Radio offered not only the sole Catholic radio programming for us, but also one of the rare sources of credible information about the Church and the world," the Pope wrote. He added that the Vatican Radio broadcasts had "strengthened the ties that bound our faith in Christ, our love for the Church, and our patriotism."

          Tying in with his roots, Poland's bishops announced on Monday that Pope John Paul II has planned one of his most ambitious trips to his homeland when he visits Poland for two weeks in June.

          Archbishop Tadeusz Goclowski of Gdansk said the Holy Father will visit 20 cities between June 5-17, beginning in Gdansk and ending in Krakow where he was bishop in the 1960s and 1970s. He will address the National Assembly for the first time and meet with Poland's leaders. The trip will have many themes, said the archbishop, but it essentially boils down to preparing his countrymen for the new millennium.

          During the trip, the Pope is expected to beatify more than 100 Poles killed by the Nazis and commemorate victims of Communist repression. He will also address coal miners in Silesia who are suffering increased unemployment and working conditions, and visit Lichen where the country's largest church is under construction.


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January 6, 1999       volume 10, no. 3
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