The former Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Cracow, Poland, who became the first Polish Pope on Monday (16 October) night, has taken his first Mass in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican as Pope.
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Background: The former Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Cracow, Poland, who became the first Polish Pope on Monday (16 October) night, has taken his first Mass in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican as Pope. After the Mass, Pope John Paul II, who is the first non-Italian Pope for 450 years, addressed the Cardinals. Meanwhile, in Poland, the Papal election made headline news, and people queued at the news kiosks for newspapers.
SYNOPSIS: The choice of a Pope from Poland has been greeted with pleasure throughout the Catholic world. It is seen by observers as the start of a new era for the church, a clear sigh of its universality. On Tuesday morning (17 October), Pope John Paul II took his first mass in the Sistine chapel and gave his first public address to the Cardinals who had elected him.
The Pope, like his predecessor Pope John Paul I, to whom he paid tribute, will not be crowned, but formally installed during a Mass next Sunday (22 October), the Vatican announced. It is not yet known whether the ceremony will take place inside or outside St. Peter's Basilica. The choice of such a relatively young man-- the new Pope is 58 -- suggest that the Church hopes to have a strong leader for some years to come.
Pope John Paul II promised his bishops a greater voice in the way their Church is run. He stressed the theme of "collegial" church government rather than rule form the Vatican. Many bishops have long hoped for a greater say in the way the Church is governed, and Reuters news agency reports that it appears the dominance of the entrenched prelates holding power in the Vatican Curia (Central Government) will be weakened, and Synods with a mainly-elected council will meet more frequently.
In his address to the Cardinals the Pope said that he is against excessive changes in the Church. He indicated that he will be working on the same lines as his two predecessors, and his remarks are taken to be a criticism of alterations in the Mass supported by "progressive" Catholics. The Pope also denounced the "obstinate rejection of what has been legitimately prepared and introduced into the Holy Rites", which Reuters says is a clear reference to rebel French Archbishop Marcel Lefebyre.
In Pope John Paul II's native country of Poland, the news was greeted at the first with disbelief. By morning, people were queuing at kiosks to by newspapers which confirmed the startling news. The Papal election made headlines in a country in which 85 percent of the population, or roughly 30 million people, are Catholics.
The Polish government issued a statement saying that the election of Pope John Paul II had a special significance. It said that the Pope's predecessors were "meritorious in the cause of peaceful international co-operation".