Pope Benedict has arrived in Warsaw for a four-day pilgrimage to Poland to retrace the steps of his predecessor John Paul II.
The country’s new conservative government turned out in force to greet the 79-year-old pontiff but there were noticeably fewer people lining the streets than for John Paul’s triumphant visits to his homeland. Benedict’s trip will take him to cities and shrines dear to his predecessor and will end at the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. Benedict is also likely to face growing anger in Poland over the mix of religion and politics, sparked by a traditionalist Catholic radio station which openly supports the ruling Eurosceptic conservatives. On the first day of his visit, Benedict urged the Polish Church to stay out of politics.