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Poland says goodbye to President (SEE PICTURES OF THE FUNERAL)
thenews.pl ^ | April 18, 2010

Posted on 04/18/2010 10:08:19 AM PDT by lizol

Poland says goodbye to president

18.04.2010

Around 90,000 gathered in Krakow for the funeral of President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Maria.

After the funeral ceremony at St Mary's, which began at 14.00 CET, the funeral procession will begin at 15.30, making its way to Wawel Castle where, at 16.30, the coffins will be put into the specially built tomb.

Though president’s from the US, Germany and top European officials cancelled their trips to Poland following the persistence of the ash cloud over Polish air space, leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Morocco and Azerbaijan are in the southern Polish city.

A time for reconciliation

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, once a close aid to John Paul II, led the funeral mass. Referring to the recent improvement in relations between Russia and Poland following the death of Lech Kaczynski, the cardinal welcomed President Dimitry Medvedev who was attending the service, and hoped the tragedy could be a force for “rapprochement and reconciliation".

Around 700 VIPs sat inside the Basilica, while some 40,000 watched on large screens in the market square. Up to 50,000 people are watching the mass in other locations in Krakow, said Krakow police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski.

The police spokesman said the people were “very quiet, with people in deep contemplation".

The homily, by Cardinal Angelo Sodano - who could not travel from the Vatican to Krakow because of the ash cloud closing air space - was read by Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk.

The mass ends with an address by acting president Bronislaw Komorowski.

Komorowski paid tribute to the presidential couple in front of the two coffins which had been placed on the alter. He expressed hope that the deaths of so many of Poland‘s top military and politicians would "finally heal the wound of Katyn”.

The coffins were then taken on military vehicles through flag-lined streets to the Silver Bell Tower at Wawel Castle where they will be laid to rest. Crowds broke into applause and shouted “We thank you, Lech Kaczynski”. At 17.10, the Zygmunt Bell sounded at the castle.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz then said liturgical farewell to Lech Kaczynski and Maria at Wawel Cathedral in front of guests including Georgian President Mikhail Sakaszwili, who delayed in arriving in Krakow in Rome, where flights were disrupted by the ash cloud.

President Dimitry Medvedev told reporters before he left Krakow after the funeral mass at St Mary’s Basilica: “The tragedy that occurred near Smolensk has not left anyone indifferent. In our country it has sparked strong emotions."

He stressed that he hopes this helps build better Polish-Russian relations. (pg)


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kaczynski; poland; presidentkaczynski
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1 posted on 04/18/2010 10:08:20 AM PDT by lizol
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To: GOP_Lady; Ulysse; Protect the Bill of Rights; proudofthesouth; reaganaut; yellcam; ...
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FRmail me to be added or removed from this Eastern European ping list

2 posted on 04/18/2010 10:08:59 AM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

Thank you for the pics. Beautiful church! God Bless their family, their daughter and granddaughter looks terribly sad. Just brings tears to my eyes.


3 posted on 04/18/2010 10:12:08 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: lizol

And no one is asking where are the black faces...


4 posted on 04/18/2010 10:13:06 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Freddd

The Moroccans made it, but the Kenyan didn’t.


5 posted on 04/18/2010 10:16:26 AM PDT by steve8714 (If Lindsay Graham is a conservative, I am not..)
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To: Freddd

He couldn’t come because of the volcano - as they say.


6 posted on 04/18/2010 10:20:23 AM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

Beautiful but sad pictures.

OK, who is the man in pictures 37, 42 and 43? Did the president have a twin brother?


7 posted on 04/18/2010 10:21:21 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: sneakers

Yes, they were twin brothers.

And 3 years ago one of them was the President, and the other one - the Prime Minister.


8 posted on 04/18/2010 10:23:28 AM PDT by lizol
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To: sneakers

Yes.


9 posted on 04/18/2010 10:24:38 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (Gun, Bible, Gadsden Flag...the definition of a hater and far right-wing extremist)
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To: lizol

God favored Poland by causing the eruption that spared Poland the presence of BO.


10 posted on 04/18/2010 10:28:20 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Jagdgewehr; lizol

Thank you.


11 posted on 04/18/2010 10:28:33 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: lizol

thank you for all the moving pictures and articles you posted. It made us feel closer to Poland and her people.


12 posted on 04/18/2010 10:30:22 AM PDT by etabeta
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To: lizol

Thanks for posting these lizol. My heart just breaks for the Polish people.


13 posted on 04/18/2010 10:31:12 AM PDT by McGavin999 (Have you donated to Free Republic yet? If not you are a Freeploader)
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To: lizol

Thanks for posting those. I have been to Krakow and it is a beautiful city. This just breaks my heart.


14 posted on 04/18/2010 10:39:45 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: lizol

Beautiful, poignant, very, VERY moving. Poland needs us now more than ever. I hope we are strong enough to come to their call.

Thank you for posting this. The MSM didn’t give it the time or respect it needed.

*HUG*


15 posted on 04/18/2010 10:52:33 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Has anyone seen my tagline? If you find it, please return it. I'm lost without it.)
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To: lizol

Thank you for these moving pictures.

So thankful this day wasn’t marred.


16 posted on 04/18/2010 11:14:46 AM PDT by Carley (I'll keep clinging to the constitution, my guns and my religion, thank you.)
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To: Freddd

Where are Sharpton and Jesse (spit in the white folk’s food) Jackson to protest lack of representation of blacks?


17 posted on 04/18/2010 11:26:31 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: lizol
Unspeakably tragic.

All of you must see the Polish film "Katyn" (a film trailer is posted here at youtube). The director's father was a casualty. The film tells both the story of the mass murder, in all its bloody satanic carnage, as well as the perpetrated lie told by the Soviets that it was the Nazis responsible.

The irony of this tragedy for the great Polish people, losing their leadership in that very place on the anniversary of that very occasion, is indeed overwhelming.

Watching that film last night with my wife, I slipped into a dark mood, thinking that it is only the might and righteousness of the United States that stands between an innocent people such as the Poles, and the forces of unmitigated totalitarian depravity. And what is becoming of us under this regime? To whom will the innocent now turn when we are emasculated by appeasement and financial ruin?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUhBB3FgslI
18 posted on 04/18/2010 11:26:52 AM PDT by jobim
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To: lizol

A beautiful and loving tribute to a mother, father, twin brother, grandparents ... God rest their souls and may the family receive comfort knowing and seeing how much these people were loved and admired by all. It was moving and touching.


19 posted on 04/18/2010 11:31:40 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush is an American Patriot. He has been blessed with exceptional wisdom. Thank God for Rush!!!)
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To: lizol

Thank you for sharing these pictures. Many of my dear friends
are second generation Polish. I would love to listen to the
elders talk of the old days. Seeing the procession brings to
mind the reverence of the stories I was able to hear.

Thanks again
God Bless Poland and her people.


20 posted on 04/18/2010 11:32:00 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o).. Elect Marco Rubio in 2010 .. (o)
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To: Freddd

There are some things positive about homogeneous cultures but I’m sure those remaining will shortly be drinking the infectious nectar of diversity.

Also, if Air Force One couldn’t fly safely to Europe because of the ash, why couldn’t BO have booked passage on a U.S. Naval destroyer or nuclear sub? Bush or Reagan would have.


21 posted on 04/18/2010 11:32:19 AM PDT by 4Runner
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To: lizol

Just a minor correction to the article: German president Horst Köhler was at the funeral, as was the German foreign minister.
Chancellor Merkel couldn’t make it, though.


22 posted on 04/18/2010 11:34:00 AM PDT by Moltke (DOPE will get you 4 to 8 in the Big House - HOPE will get you 4 to 8 in the White House.)
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To: 4Runner

EXCELLENT question


23 posted on 04/18/2010 11:34:15 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o).. Elect Marco Rubio in 2010 .. (o)
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To: 4Runner
Well - Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia came to Krakow from Wahington D.C., via Rome - by plane.
He was a bit late for the ceremony, but - at last - was present.
24 posted on 04/18/2010 11:36:48 AM PDT by lizol
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To: Moltke

German President came to Krakow by helicopter.

Presidents of Czech Republic and Slovakia came by car (or train, I’m not sure).

But the president of Austria didn’t show up. I don’t knwo how far is from Vienna to Bratislava? 50 km?


25 posted on 04/18/2010 11:40:37 AM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

Thank you for posting the photos, lizol. Such a tragedy for the Polish people!


26 posted on 04/18/2010 11:51:44 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: lizol

Thank you. Incredibly beautiful photos—both the Cathedral and the people.


27 posted on 04/18/2010 12:00:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: All; GOP_Lady; Ulysse; Protect the Bill of Rights; proudofthesouth; reaganaut; yellcam; ...

See the video of the plane with President’s and his wife’s coffins departing Warsaw this morning.

http://plej.gazeta.pl/plej/0,0.html#film=105748_7783660

When I saw how the plane waved the last “Good bye” to Warsaw - just couldn’t stop my tears.


28 posted on 04/18/2010 12:00:32 PM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

Thank you for taking the time to compile the pictures. They’re poignant.


29 posted on 04/18/2010 12:09:34 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (No sane man loves war. But all decent men realize there can be no peace with tyrants or terrorists.)
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To: jobim
I slipped into a dark mood, thinking that it is only the might and righteousness of the United States that stands between an innocent people such as the Poles, and the forces of unmitigated totalitarian depravity. And what is becoming of us under this regime? To whom will the innocent now turn when we are emasculated by appeasement and financial ruin?

The one thing Poland does have, is a real sense of nationhood, that is not seen anymore.

The fact is, despite Kaczynski not being very popular at the time of the tragedy, still all Poles were united in expressing their sorrow for a man who served his country, despite the politics.

And as they say, if what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger...then Poland will emerge from this stronger than ever.

30 posted on 04/18/2010 12:10:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lizol

Beautiful pictures on a sad day!


31 posted on 04/18/2010 12:10:54 PM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: lizol
The Polish people know how to do things right. The pictures are beautiful, lizol.
32 posted on 04/18/2010 12:15:46 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: lizol

*snif* I’m not going to cry. *snif* I’m NOT going to cry!
*snif-snif* OK. So I lied. It was so moving...I think of how the pilots felt...courage~honor~grief.


33 posted on 04/18/2010 12:25:18 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Has anyone seen my tagline? If you find it, please return it. I'm lost without it.)
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To: lizol

Thank you Lizol. Again, my condolences and prayers for Poland. This is so heartbreaking.


34 posted on 04/18/2010 12:30:45 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: lizol

Lizol

Juncoya

The Photos were equisite


35 posted on 04/18/2010 12:32:42 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (....Nothing is more powerful than a man who prays...(St. John Chrysostom))
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To: lizol
Zdrowaś Maryja, łaskiś pełna,
Pan z Tobą.
Błogosławionaś jesteś między niewiastami
i błogosławiony owoc żywota Twojego, Jezus.
Święta Maryja, Matko Boża,
módl się za nami grzesznymi,
teraz i w godzinę śmierci naszej.
Amen.

My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Kaczynski family, and to the people of Poland.

36 posted on 04/18/2010 1:14:04 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall ("Healthcare is today's Prohibition" - Dennis Miller)
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To: lizol

Thank you so much for your posts and pictures. I have passed these on to many people. My heart breaks for Poland’s loss. May the LORD bring blessing out of the calamity.

[Isaiah 45:6-7]


37 posted on 04/18/2010 1:25:08 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: lizol

Thank you so much for your posts and pictures. I have passed these on to many people. My heart breaks for Poland’s loss. May the LORD bring blessing out of the calamity.

[Isaiah 45:6-7]


38 posted on 04/18/2010 1:25:08 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: All
"Buttons" (by Zbigniew Herbert)

The steely buttons all alone
survived - the watchers of the wreck
they come out from the underground
the only head stones on their graves


they testify - the God will count
and have His mercy onto them
still, how to resurrect in flash
when merged they are with clammy clay


a bird flew over, clouds pass by
a leaf falls down, a mallow sprouts
while in the silence on the heights
the Katyń forest mists smoke on


the steely buttons all alone
the silent choirs’ mighty voice
the steely buttons all alone
torn from the coats and uniforms


President Kaczynki died, while going to honour Polish officers murdered in Katyn. He died near Katyn, exactly on the 70th anniversary of their death.
His crypt at the Wawel Cathedral will be called the Katyn crypt.

39 posted on 04/18/2010 1:26:10 PM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

I too had to wipe my eyes when the pilot
waved the final farewell.

Thanks lizol


40 posted on 04/18/2010 2:51:50 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o).. Elect Marco Rubio in 2010 .. (o)
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To: lizol

Oh Lizol! So sad, so touching, such beautiful, but heartbreaking music.

When you say the plane waved the last goodbye to Warsaw do you mean when it tipped from side to side right after takeoff? I think of the pilot performing that manuver—how heartwrenching it must have been.


41 posted on 04/18/2010 5:21:29 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (Just another loony nationalistic egotist.)
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To: lizol

Thank you dear Lizol for sharing these moving photos.
I bleed today and pray for Poland.
May God grant Her healing and prosperity.


42 posted on 04/18/2010 8:41:33 PM PDT by pollywog ("Under His Wings".........Psalm 91:4)
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To: Freddd
And no one is asking where are the black faces...

I can see Obama asking his advisors how many blacks and muslims are in Poland before he decided to cancel on our ally.

43 posted on 04/19/2010 6:30:25 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists".)
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To: Freddd
And no one is asking where are the black faces...

I can see Obama asking his advisors how many blacks and muslims are in Poland before he decided to cancel on our ally.

44 posted on 04/19/2010 6:30:25 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists".)
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To: lizol

Thank you for posting this. Continued prayers for the people of Poland and especially the close family and friends.


45 posted on 04/19/2010 6:44:48 AM PDT by dixiebelle
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To: lizol

This is a great song from Kukiz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6iZhif46Qg

Pole in the hole down below
Poland’s not abroad, you know.
Another round of vodka.
Before the next round
In the back of the head
And down the pit they go
Body on body in a pile
And Vanya will tread ‘em down
‘Cos the bulldozer’s bust.

So pour out another, Grisha,
To Vanya, with Russian cheers
‘Cos the bulldozer’s bust,
So many of them still to go,
And we’re getting sleepy and slow.

Work, work, too much work
The old man’s going mad,
And the weather’s getting bad,
And we’ve still so many to do,
My trigger finger’s aching,
The gun’s burning into my hand,
And how many more will they send?
We don’t get a moment’s rest.

Well, what’s up Grisha?
Not saying you’re sorry for ‘em?
Pole in the hole below
It’s only a polish lag.

Let Vanya sprinkle a li’l lime
On that last heap,
Lime’ll let the memories off,
Then our consciences will sleep,
And then, the pain to ease
On top they’ll plant a grove of trees
The truth will never come out,
And Stalin will decorate each of us.

So many of ‘em still left,
What with the bulldozer bust,
Some still moving down below,
Drink down, Grisha, and let’s go.


46 posted on 04/19/2010 6:57:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lizol

A beautiful and proud people indeed. My heart is with them.


47 posted on 04/19/2010 7:02:50 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln (Reconciliation happens in November!)
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To: All; GOP_Lady; Ulysse; Protect the Bill of Rights; proudofthesouth; reaganaut; yellcam; ...

If you like - you can upload a booklet - the Programme for the Memorial and Funeral Ceremonies (in English).

http://www.president.pl/download/gfx/prezydent/en/defaultaktualnosci/12/122/1/20100417_program_angielska.pdf


48 posted on 04/23/2010 11:19:43 AM PDT by lizol
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To: lizol

Sad. Awesone ceremony.

That church has an incredible altar piece.


49 posted on 04/23/2010 11:30:59 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: ZULU
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altarpiece_of_Veit_Stoss
50 posted on 04/23/2010 12:18:16 PM PDT by lizol
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