In a radio broadcast to his home country to Poland Pole John Paul the Second has expressed the hope that the Communist rulers there will serve the country well.
In a radio broadcast to his home country to Poland Pole John Paul the Second has expressed the hope that the Communist rulers there will serve the country well. The Pope's message came the day after he officiated at Saturday's (6 January) consecration of his successor as Archbishop of Krakow, Monsignor Franciszek Macharski.
SYNOPSIS: The Pope appeared to be refreshed after two days' rest at his summer residence outside Rome. He was greeted with warm applause from the congregation in St Peter's Basilica before leading them in prayer.
Archbishop Macharski is fifty-one and has been rector of the Krakow seminary for the last eight years. During the ceremony he was blessed by the Pope and the Bishops assembled at the altar. Until the Papal election in October the new Archbishop was a close colleague of the then Cardinal Wojtyla.
After returning to his place, other Cardinals gave the Archbishop their blessings. Five thousand people watched the consecration, including two hundred who had made a special journey from Krakow.
Archbishop Macharski is seen as a likely future leader of the church in Poland, which has Eastern Europe's largest Catholic community.
The Pope's visit to a children's hospital the next day (7 January) attracted hundreds of spectators.
Hospital staff and patients crowded vantage points in an attempt to view the pontiff. The Pope spent nearly three hours at the hospital, and had words of encouragement for the sick children and those who care for them.