THENEWS.PL REPORT: A Papal Train travels for 3 weeks across Poland, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. A spokesperson for the local regional train company, Małopolskie Zakłady Przewozów Regionalnych, in Kraków says that the journey will allow the faithful from the Visegrad Group countries to get acquainted with the life and pastoral service of the Blessed Pope John Paul II.
A photo exhibition on board the train documents the Pope’s life from his childhood, youth, university studies, his work as an actor and a worker, to his pastoral work in Poland and the Vatican.
Religious services will be held during the stop-overs in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
In Hungary the papal train will take part in a parade of steam engines in the Railway Museum in Budapest. The train returns to Kraków on 28 September.
The papal train is a gift of Polish railwaymen to commemorate the pontificate of John Paul II.
It was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Kraków in May 2006. It seats 181 passengers and is equipped with the facilities for the handicapped people. (mk)