WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Pope Benedict is being invited to visit the site of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during an expected visit to Poland in May.
A spokesman says the Archbishop of Krakow, who was an aide to the late Pope John Paul the Second, also invited the new pope to two other Polish cities.
The Reverend Robert Necek tells The Associated Press that an invitation has been extended to visit John Paul’s hometown (Wadowice) and Krakow, where the late pope lived for 40 years as a priest and bishop.
John Paul was the first pope to visit any concentration camp. He went to Auschwitz in 1979. German authorities built the camp in southern Poland where about one-and-a-half (m) million people, most of them Jews, died during World War Two.