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Evening chats of John Paul II with those who did not let him sleep

Meetings on Franciszkańska Street went into history as the most spontaneous, directly from the heart. Such evening chats of John Paul II with those who did not let him sleep. Every time, when he came to Kraków, every night in front of the Palace of the Archbishops, thousands of people gathered. They were singing, praying, and waiting until the Holy Father will join them. He never disappointed them. He was coming out, he joked, sang. It started on June 6, 1979. He jumped on the window sill and said that in the past he was a pretty decent person and he was not standing on window sills, and now? “What happened to me?” – He asked. Eight years later, young people were asking him: “Take us with you”, and he responded: “I do not have airplane tickets or any other tickets for you. But, from the beginning, from 1978, I took you with me and I have you very close to me. And, there was no day over there that you were not with me.” It was the same each time, also the last time. On August 18, 2002, young people were singing to him: “We are saying goodbye to you!”. And, the Pope said with sadness: “Unfortunately, this is a final goodbye.” The young people responded to him: “We will not let you go! Stay with us!” They had to let him go. He could not stay. And, never again he met them on Franciszkańska Street. With the consent of Archbishop Mokrzycki “He liked Tuesdays the most” M Publisher, Kraków 2008