Cardinal Vincent Nichols will represent Pope Francis at the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Ecclesiastical Primacy of Poland on 29th April 2018. This is the first time Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Vincent to act as a Papal Legate.
The celebrations will be held in the Archdiocese of Gniezno, whose Archbishops were first recognised as Primates in 1418, and have held the title of Primate of Poland ever since.
The first Primate was Cardinal Mikołaj Trąba. Gniezno was the first Metropolitan Diocese in Poland and can be compared to Canterbury in this country since they are both considered as ecclesiastical capitals. The celebrations will centre around the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Adalbert, which was built in 11th century.
Cardinal Nichols tweeted on 4 March: 'Delighted to be named by Pope Francis as his special envoy to the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Primacy in Poland on 29th April in Archdiocese of Gniezno. I offer my prayers for the people of Poland on this occasion.'
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