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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Flame to be carried from tomb of John Paul II to Poland
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┬áTo mark the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II The Lolek Flame was symbolically lit at the tomb of the Pope in the crypt of St Peter's Basilica on 28 March, and then carried by athletes to Poland to arrive in Krakow on 2 April, the date of the Pope's death. The flame is being carried by military, civilian and disabled Italian and Polish athletes passing through Assisi, Loreto, Czestochowa, Wadowice and finally to a prayer vigil in Krak˛w. Lolek was the name used for young Karol Wojtyla by family and friends. The flame was carried away yesterday after a blessing by Pope Benedict XVI during the general audience in St Peter's Square. On its path it will stop at the Marian shrine of Loreto on Thursday 30 March where there special prayers led by Archbishop Gianni Danzi. Tomorrow it will travel from Loreto-Czestochowa, then to the Pope's birthplace Wadowice, and on to his diocese Krak˛w 2 April. In Krak˛w Cathedral of Saints Wenceslaw and Stanislaw the flame will be consigned symbolically the people of Poland in the person of former personal secretary of the Pope, now his successor as Archbishop of Krak˛w Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The flame will then be used to light a large brazier of incense and start a prayer vigil to commemorate the Pope's last moments until the hour of his passing to the House of the Father at 9.37pm on 2 April 2005 eve of the second Sunday of Easter, named by him Sunday of Divine Mercy. The flame will be carried on foot, for a total 505 km (225 in Italy and 280 in Poland), by air and by road. At each stop en route a Golden Commemoration Book will be on hand for people to record their own brief personal thoughts and reflections on Pope John Paul II. The initiative has the approval of the Vicariate of Rome diocese and Rev. Slawomir Oder the postulator of the cause for the beatification and canonisation of the late Pope. Source: Fides
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