DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     June 3, 1999     vol. 10, no. 107

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POPE SPEAKS ON CHRISTIAN APPROACH TO DEATH, PREPARES FOR START OF POLISH PILGRIMAGE THIS WEEKEND

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, June 2-- a week after advising believers not to be preoccupied with thoughts about the end of the world-- Pope John Paul II turned his attention to the issue of death.

          It is difficult to speak about death in modern society, the Holy Father observed; society rejects such discussion, because "it casts a dark shadow, which is incompatible with a life of plenty." Nevertheless, he continued, in the context of Christian faith the prospect of death is transformed by hope in the Resurrection.

          At the close of his audience, the Pope told his audience of 13,000 people that "sad news is still coming to us from Colombia." Speaking in Spanish, he condemned the guerrilla attack on a parish in Cali, which resulted in the taking of over 200 hostages-- of whom about 90 remained captive as he spoke. He called for a peaceful end to the conflict in Colombia, and asked his audience to join him in prayer for that country.

          Before returning to his apartment in the Apostolic Palace, the Pope stopped in the Vatican gardens to bestow a blessing at the opening of an underground parking garage, built to relieve the shortage of parking spaces for Vatican workers.

          Meanwhile, the Vatican released a preliminary itinerary of the Pope's trip to Poland this weekend. During his trip to Poland this month, Pope John Paul II will visit 20 cities in his native country, from north (Gdansk) to south (Stary Sacz), and including Warsaw, Krakow, and his hometown, Wadowice.

          The Pope's trip-- the 87th of his pontificate, and 8th to Poland-- will last from June 5 to 17. Vatican announcements have indicated that the main theme of the voyage will be the Christian heritage of Poland. The Pope will make frequent references to the great Catholic heroes of Polish history, including St. Adalbert, who evangelized the Baltic region, and St. Hedwig, the queen whom Pope John Paul canonized in 1997.

          Vatican insiders predict that the Holy Father will caution his countrymen about the dangers of a secularized society and a free-market economy, insisting that Polish society will be healthy only if the country's people are mindful of their religious heritage. In May, as he met with Polish bishops in Rome, the Pope called for an "interior renewal of the faith" among the country's people, and he is expected to repeat that message when he presides at the conclusion of a synod of the country's bishops at Warsaw on June 11.

          Observers point out that the Polish Pope has always been remarkable influential in his homeland, and each of his pastoral trips there has produced an outpouring of enthusiasm. Organizers of the papal voyage anticipate a particularly emotional welcome in Gdansk, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, and another powerful response in Warsaw, where the Holy Father will preside at the beatification of 108 victims of the Nazi regime. There are also high expectations for an unprecedented papal address to the Polish parliament, scheduled for June 11.

          Meanwhile, in Warsaw Poland's government on Tuesday announced that liquor sales will banned in each of 11 provinces that Pope John Paul II will visit this month on the days he will be in each province.

          Government spokesman Krzysztof Luft said alcohol sales in each province would be banned on the days when the Holy Father visited that particular region in the trip which begins on Saturday. Similar bans were applied on earlier papal visits.

          Poland has one of the highest per capita rates of liquor consumption in Europe, with one in five road accidents attributed to drunk driving. "Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will arrive," Luft noted. "It is essential to maintain order." He added, "The ban is beneficial from the point of view of security during the Pope's pilgrimage, which is a great emotional event for Poles."Poland's government on Tuesday announced that liquor sales will banned in each of 11 provinces that Pope John Paul II will visit this month on the days he will be in each province.

          Government spokesman Krzysztof Luft said alcohol sales in each province would be banned on the days when the Holy Father visited that particular region in the trip which begins on Saturday. Similar bans were applied on earlier papal visits.

          Poland has one of the highest per capita rates of liquor consumption in Europe, with one in five road accidents attributed to drunk driving. "Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will arrive," Luft noted. "It is essential to maintain order." He added, "The ban is beneficial from the point of view of security during the Pope's pilgrimage, which is a great emotional event for Poles."


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