Late pope's memorial defaced before canonisation
24 April 2014, 13:26
Krakow - Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial
commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland
on Wednesday, days before he is to be made a saint.
Police fenced off the memorial in the centre of Krakow as
municipal workers tried to remove the paint, a Reuters reporter said. Officers
did not comment on who might have been responsible, or why they committed the
act of vandalism.
John Paul, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until
his death in 2005, will be canonised on Sunday and remains for many Catholics a
towering model of faith and commitment.
Many in his home country consider the former pope to be one
of the greatest Poles to have lived. But he is not universally admired in
Polish society and some liberals believe he held back progress on issues such
as contraception, abortion and homosexuality.
He lived in Krakow before he was elected pope.