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Warsaw holds mass for presidential couple

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Warsaw holds mass for presidential couple


An evening mass has been held in Warsaw’s St John’s Cathedral for the Polish presidential couple, Lech and Maria Kacyznski.

The pair perished in last week’s tragic air crash in western Russia along with 94 senior Polish officials.

The mass was led by the Archbishop of Warsaw with the coffins of the late president and the first lady draped in Polish flags.

Among the attendees were his brother Jaroslaw, his daughter Marta and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Tusk led the tributes in church, saying Poland would never forget them.

Black panels bearing the names of the dead adorned the church walls. Each name being read out one by one.

Outside many members of the public gathered to hear the readings and remember the dead.

This late night vigil will be the last service in the Polish capital before the two coffins are transferred to Krakow for Sunday’s funeral.

Kacyznski’s will be buried at the city’s Wawel Cathedral there, an honour normally reserved for Polish kings and saints.

Earlier, mourners had descended on Pjowsudski Square to say prayers for those who lost their lives.

At 8.56 — the exact time the presidential plane crashed last Saturday — Poland came to a standstill in a silent tribute to the victims.

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