Pope John Paul II - Visit to Cracow

August 2002

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Pope John Paul II blesses the crowd from the altar during an
open-air mass in Krakow's Blonie ground Sunday Aug. 18, 2002.
During an emotional four-day visit to his homeland, Pope John Paul II
made clear he has every intention of continuing as pope as long as he can _
perhaps his answer to a rising crescendo of criticism suggesting the time
has come for the ailing 82-year-old pope to resign.