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Czech Ambassador to the Holy See: Czech Republic ready to welcome pope

As is usual during this time of year, the pope set some time aside for an official visit. A year ago around this same time he visited France. The year before he went to Austria and in 2006 he visited his native Germany. This year itÂ?s eastern EuropeÂ?s turn, as he makes his way to the Czech Republic.Pavel VosalikCzech Ambassador to the Holy SeeÂ?HeÂ?s coming to the Czech Republic but as far as I am informed there are thousands of pilgrims coming from the Slovak republic, from Poland, from Hungary from Austria.Â?One of the more important parts of the trip is his meeting with representatives of academia. The ambassador says the message the pope is brings to his country is meant for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.Pavel VosalikCzech Ambassador to the Holy SeeÂ?His Holiness is coming to the whole population of the Czech Republic not just the Catholic population. So I do believe that my fellow compatriots will take this opportunity and will go to see his holiness not just to see him but first of all to listen to him and will think about his words.Â?On September 28th, Benedict will celebrate the feats of Saint Wenceslaus in Stara Boleslav where the saint was killed.Pavel Vosalik says the country has already started preparations and everything is ready to go for the historic visit.Pavel VosalikCzech Ambassador to the Holy SeeÂ?We as well started to organize the transport of papamobiles, which seem to be the most visible part of this preparatory work. But itÂ?s the proof for me that itÂ?s the final momentum.Â?The ambassador says that ultimately it will be the message that the pope brings to his country that will be the measure of the tripÂ?s success.Pavel VosalikCzech Ambassador to the Holy SeeÂ?The concrete value, the concrete result is the follow up. ItÂ?s the question, what the visit will bring to the country, how the country will respond. Not just in terms of hospitality but in terms of how far my nation, my country, my fellow counterparts are ready to learn from his holiness words.Â?When the pope arrives in Prague on September 26, it will be the 6th European trip he makes and the 13th as pontiff. John Paul the II visited the country three times during his papacy.RS