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Burial in Poland?

Smokin' Joe Trembley sends this along in response to rumors that John Paul wanted to be buried in Poland:

"Chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said John Paul would 'almost surely' be buried in the tomb where Pope John XXIII lay before he was brought up onto the main floor of the basilica. John XXIII, who died in 1963, was moved after his 2000 beatification because so many pilgrims wanted to visit his tomb, and the grotto is in a cramped underground space."

"There had been speculation that the pope might have left orders to be buried in his native Poland, but Navarro-Valls said John Paul 'did not show any such wish.'"

"Poles have hoped the heart of the pope - the first non-Italian pope in 455 years - might may be placed in Wavel Cathedral in Krakow, where Polish saints and royalty are buried. Asked if this was ruled out by burial in St. Peter's, Navarro-Valls did not directly reply, saying he was merely transmitting information on decisions taken by the cardinals Monday."