Polish Cardinal Franciszek Macharski dies at 89

August 2, 2016 8:41 AM

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WARSAW, Poland – Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, a popular Polish prelate who served for many years as archbishop of Krakow, inheriting a position opened by the election of Pope John Paul II, has died. He was 89 years old.

The death of Macharski, who had been close to John Paul, comes five days after Pope Francis stopped by his hospital in Krakow to pray for him during a visit last week to Poland.

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