INTRODUCTION: In the southern Polish town of Krakow, thousands of people held a procession on Sunday (17 May) to protest against terrorism and violence.
GV Krakow establisher
GV Students with banners marching with children and families following
GV PAN Students and supporters marching through streets
GTV Crowd walking through street to Mass in front of St. Mary's Church
GV TILT DOWN FROM Spire of church TO altar and large crowd singing
GV Cardinal Macharski leading prayers and crowd praying (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the southern Polish town of Krakow, thousands of people held a procession on Sunday (17 May) to protest against terrorism and violence. The event had been intended as a celebration of the final day of the youth festival, but following the shooting of the Pope on Wednesday (13 May), young and old decided to join together in a massive demonstration for peace.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of students and residents of all ages expressed their horror at the shooting of the Pope and of violence in general by marching through the streets of Krakow. The Pope had been Archbishop of Krakow for 15 years until his election to the Papacy in 1978.
The news that the Pope had been shot was received with profound shock throughout Poland, but Particularly in Krakow where he had been more familiarly now as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.
The demonstration was followed by an open-air Mass at which prayers were said for the Pope and the Roman Catholic Primate of Poland, Cardinal Wyszinski, who is gravely ill.
The Cardinal who has led the nearly thirty million Catholics of Poland for more than thirty years was given the last rites on Saturday (16 May).
The Pope's successor as Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Macharski, led the prayers for the Pope and the ailing Cardinal, as Poles in churches throughout the country also prayed for their religious leaders' recovery.