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Pope Francis says a surprise 'Do Widzenia' before leaving

Pope Francis waves to the crowds before boarding the plane bringing him back to the Vatican at the end of his apostolic journey to Poland - REUTERS

Pope Francis waves to the crowds before boarding the plane bringing him back to the Vatican at the end of his apostolic journey to Poland - REUTERS

31/07/2016 18:57

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said a ‘surprise’ goodbye to the people of Poland on Sunday evening before departing from Krakow at the end of his 5-day apostolic journey.

Appearing unexpectedly at the balcony of the Archbishop’s House for the fourth time in the past five days, the Pope had words of thanks and farewell to the many, especially young people, gathered in the Square below.

Speaking Spanish, Pope Francis thanked everyone for the ‘warm welcome’ received and for the ‘good company’!

He asked those present not to forget to pray for him and recited Our Lady’s prayer before blessing the crowd which he left with a final "Do Widzenia!".

Pope Francis then travelled to Krakow International Airport where he met privately for a short while with the President of Poland before boarding Poland's LOT Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane bringing him home at the end of an official farewell ceremony.

The Pope arrives back in the Vatican on Sunday evening at the conclusion of his 15th Apostolic Journey abroad.

31/07/2016 18:57