Polish church leader criticizes priest wishing Francis death

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Pope Francis prays before a glass display case holding St. Padre Pio' body in a shrine town that draws millions of pilgrims each year, in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Pope Francis prays before a glass display case holding St. Padre Pio' body in a shrine town that draws millions of pilgrims each year, in San Giovanni Rotondo. (Photo: AP)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's leading archbishop has deplored comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom."

Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said Saturday he heard about the comments with "pain and regret" and has discussed them with Mgr. Edward Staniek, who said them in a Feb. 25 church speech in Krakow.

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a mass at the St. Padre Pio Sanctuary in San Giovanni Rotondo. Photo / AP
Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a mass at the St. Padre Pio Sanctuary in San Giovanni Rotondo. Photo / AP

Krakow was the seat of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope St. John Paul II. Poland's church remains attached to John Paul's conservative stance, which differs from Francis' inclusive message.

In his speech, Staniek said he was praying for wisdom for Francis and a "heart open to the Holy Spirit, and if he does not do that, for a quick passage to the House of the Father," meaning death.

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