Poland's former president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, a devout Catholic, says a late invitation prevented him from attending the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the nation's holiest shrine of Jasna Gora.
Francis celebrated the open-air Mass Thursday for hundreds of thousands of faithful. President Andrzej Duda and members of the conservative government — with whom Walesa is at odds — were present.
Walesa said on his Facebook account that his invitation arrived on Tuesday, too la...
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