Catholic World News : Polish Catholics conclude Marian pilgrimages

Catholic World News : Polish Catholics conclude Marian pilgrimages: "Polish Catholics conclude Marian pilgrimages

May. 28, 2007 ( - More than 100,000 Polish men took part in the 60th annual pilgrimage for men to the Marian shrine of the Mother of Justice and Social Love in Piekary Slaski, Poland.

Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) sent a special telegram to the pilgrims-- among them Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, former parliamentary speaker Marek Jurek, and transportation minister Jerzy Polaczek. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz and his predecessor as Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, concelebrated Mass for the pilgrims, along with the bishops of Sosnowiec, Gliwice, Tarnow, Legnica, Opole, and Katowice.

In related news, Bishop Antoni Dydycz of Drohiczyn celebrated Holy Mass for almost 5,000 Polish health-care workers on a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine in Czestochowa. Archbishop Wladyslaw Ziolek, who is responsible for Polish health care workers, addressed participants of the pilgrimage, organized in anticipation of the 2008 European Congress of Catholic Medical Associations."

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