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Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Vincent to act as a Papal Legate for the first time. The Cardinal will represent the Pope at the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Ecclesiastical Primacy of Poland on 29th April 2018.

The celebrations will be held in the Archdiocese of Gniezno, whose Archbishops were first recognised as Primates in 1418, and have held the title of Primate of Poland ever since. The first Primate was Cardinal Mikołaj Trąba. Gniezno was the first Metropolitan Diocese in Poland and can be compared to Canterbury in this country since they are both considered as ecclesiastical capitals. The celebrations will centre around the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Adalbert, which was built in 11th century.

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