Pope John Paul II - Visit to Cracow

August 2002

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Pope John Paul II blesses the crowd next to a painting of
Jesus Christ as he prepares to celebrate a mass in Krakow's Blonie
meadow, August 18, 2002. The leader of the world's billion Roman Catholics
has used his ninth trip home, which many fear his advancing years and
increasing weakness may be his last, to console the poor and
jobless in Poland, which is suffering a harsh economic crisis.