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Poland’s new Catholic president gets mixed reviews from bishops

Polish bishops have given a mixed reception to their country’s new president, Bronislaw Komorowski, a 58-year-old Catholic father of five and former seminary history teacher.

“I see him as a man of ideas with many personal qualities, a person of dialogue who can also listen — I think this election serves Poland well,” said Archbishop Henryk Muszynski of Gniezno.

“I’m also pleased with the manners shown when the results were announced. I see clear progress over what happened previously and a good sign for the future when it comes to the style of exercising government in a democratic country,” he said.

In a presidential runoff July 4, Komorowski garnered 52.6 percent of the vote, while his conservative challenger, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, got 47.4 percent.

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