Poland's largest Roman Catholic church and one of the largest in the world, Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen,...
Poland's largest Roman Catholic church and one of the largest in the world, Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen, is seen from the field in nearby village Julia, central Poland October 9, 2012. Poland is one of the most devoutly Catholic countries in Europe and is the birthplace of the previous pope, the very popular John Paul II. Many Poles were surprised and worried to hear that Pope Benedict was stepping down. Some also compared his decision to the last years of Pope John Paul, who struggled to carry on in his role with failing health. One Polish cardinal said John Paul had stayed on as pontiff to the end, as he believed "you cannot come down from the cross." Picture taken October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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