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Pope drops formal address to Polish bishops from schedule for Krakow visit

July 25, 2016

Pope Francis has dropped plans to deliver a formal address to the Catholic bishops of Poland during his visit to Krakow this week, opting instead for an informal exchange.

The Pope-- who will be in Poland for World Youth Day-- will meet with the Polish bishops at the city's cathedral on Wednesday, July 27. He has indicated that he wants an open conversation, possibly answering questions as well as listening to the Polish prelates. Pope Francis took a similar approach during meetings with bishops in the US and Mexico during his recent visit to those countries. 

The original schedule for the Pope's visit to Poland had called for live television coverage of his speech to the bishops. That planned broadcast has been dropped. 

Pope Francis had already decided to eliminate another speech from his schedule during the trip. When he visits Auschwitz, he will pray in silence. 

 
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