Poland: 270,000 gather for Mass by Benedict XVI

May 26, 2006 10:58

An estimated 270,000 people greeted Pope Benedict XVI in a rain-drenched Warsaw square Friday at the spot where his predecessor, John Paul II, inspired Poland's Solidarity movement against communist rule in a historic 1979 visit. People lined the street to wave and cheer as Benedict's "popemobile" passed, and church bells pealed. Police spokesman Pavel Biedziak provided the crowd estimate.

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