WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Predominantly Catholic Poland is marking the fifth anniversary of the death of its native son, Pope John Paul II, along with the traditional Good Friday processions and reenactments of Christ's death.
The Archbishop of Krakow, Stanislaw Dziwisz, noted the emotional symbolism of the anniversary falling on the day when the Catholic church remembers Christ's death.
Dziwisz, formerly John Paul's private secretary, spoke at a Way of the Cross procession in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a pilgrimage site.
A similar procession will be held in Warsaw in the Friday night.
Warsaw Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz said that John Paul's 26-year pontificate will always be remembered as exceptionally significant for Europe and Poland.
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