June 4th, 9.41 a.m. The helicopter with Pope John Paul II and his entourage landed?
June 4th, 9.41 a.m. The helicopter with Pope John Paul II and his entourage landed in one of the oldest quarters of Czestochowa, in the vicinity of the Holy Family Cathedral. The Pope came to the town to take part in ceremonies of the Holy Virgin, Mother of the Church. The Holy Father was welcomed by Bishop Stefan Barela and other members of the episcopal curia in Czestochowa. Crowds of local people gathered in front of the Holy Family Cathedral and around the landing strip prepared for the special Polish Airlines LOT helicopter in which the Pope is travelling.
After the welcoming ceremony the Pope entered the open limousine for the drive through the town streets. With gestures and smiles John Paul II greeted the gathered Polish Catholics.
The Pope's route led from the Holy Family Cathedral, across Marcelego Nowotki Square and along the beautiful Holy Virgin May Avenue to the monastery at Jasna Gora. Czestochowa inhabitants lined the whole route, with the biggest crowds at the foot of Jasna Gora, where in the monastery the Pope celebrated pontifical mass.
Czestochowa, today a rapidly developing industrial centre, is the goal of numerous Catholic pilgrimages from Poland and all over the world. The pilgrims come to worship the miraculous image of our Lady of Czestochowa (The Black Madonna). Hence the special significance of the Pope's visit in the town. (Interpress)