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Pope Francis visits a divided Poland

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>> Hundreds of young Catholics packing the streets of Krakow for World Youth Day. Host Pope Francis set to join them on Wednesday, but it seems not everyone is overjoyed. When the invites went out to Catholic youths, the letter was missing the pontiff's name. It was written by Polish bishops, who chose to speak of Pope Francis' predecessor instead, Pope John Paul II of Poland.
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Reuters' Justina Pavlac in Warsaw says this seemingly trivial faux pas hides a lingering divide in the Polish church.>> Well the Catholic church is divided in Poland in the sense that there is the churchgoers who are increasingly less and less conservative and less and less religious, even though many still go to church and very frequently, that's on one side.
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On the other hand, you have the senior clergy who are very conservative, particularly compared to the views of Pope Francis, and concerned about losing the faithful. The main issues that are causing the division between the senior clergy and Pope Francis are his message of being more merciful and more inclusive towards the so-called imperfect Catholics.
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For example divorcees, the church of Poland believes that if you are divorced and you remarry in a civil ceremony, you shouldn't have access to communion, period. Pope Francis wants to open the door a little bit more, it seems.>> In the city's main square, a clock ticks down to the Pope's arrival.
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And internal divisions aside, the more than 300,000 Catholics in the crowd are still expected to be wowed.