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Pope voices sympathies to Poland after president dies in airplane crash

April 12, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI conveyed his sympathies to the people of Poland during his regular Angelus audience on April 11, expressing his sorrow at the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and other leading government officials. The Pope made a point of remarking that the Polish leader and his entourage had "perished during a journey to Katyn, the place where thousands of Polish military officers were tortured seventy years ago." In a telegram of condolence to Bronislaw Komorowski, the president of the Polish parliament, the Pope promised his prayers for people of Poland as well as the victims of the airplane crash.


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