|Poland||POPE TAKES A REST DAY|
After preaching to more than two million Poles in four days back in his homeland, Pope John Paul II flew by helicopter into a remote, lakeside monastery for a day of rest on Wednesday.
The 79 year old pontiff had nothing scheduled. This was the only day off on his 13 day pilgrimage, which began on Saturday.
He arrived at the monastery in a national park on Lake Wigry, in northeastern Poland, on Tuesday afternoon, his helicopter circling the lake a few times before landing. The trip followed a Mass with 250,000 faithful, including Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and thousands of Lithuanians, Belorussians and others from former Soviet republics.
Pope John Paul made a nostalgic trip on Wednesday to lakeland retreats where he vacationed when young and reduced well-wishers to tears with a prophecy that he would not return.
He retraced the path of his youthful canoe holidays in this remote northeastern corner of his native land. ``It's not the first time I've come here, but it is the first time as Pope and probably the last,'' he told peasants who greeted him on a lakeland cruise.
AP & Reuters 11:32am 10/6/99