Pilgrimage for Pope John Paul II's canonization begins in Poland
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:10
April 21 - Riding horses and traveling in carriages, Polish pilgrims begin journey to Vatican where their very own Pope John Paul II will be canonized later this month. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The start of a more than thousand mile journey to honor Pope John Paul the second.
The journey begins in Poland and will end in Rome at the end of April when the Polish-born Pope will become a saint.
A group of Knights Brotherhood pilgrims are traveling by horseback and horse-drawn carriages, reviving a medieval order and costumes out of reverence for Pope John Paul the second.
(SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PILGRIM FROM SZTUM TOWN, ANDRZEJ JOZEF PODOLSKI SAYING:
"We wanted to celebrate the ceremony in the Vatican by riding there on horseback. We are the only group in Europe that will go there on horses. Other groups run, ride bicycles, drive cars. We ride horses."
It's a matter of pride.
(SOUNDBITE) (Polish) MASTER OF THE KNIGHT'S BROTHERHOOD OF LUBAWA, MIROSLAW LESNIEWSKI SAYING:
"We are riding there to pay tribute to our great Pole, because he was great and in our hearts always will be great."
They plan to travel more than 250 miles a day, on horseback and by truck, and expect to arrive in Rome for the canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square on April 27.
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