President informs Pope about Polish epidemic aid - presidential aide

The Pope assured Duda of his intention to pray at John Paul II's tomb on the anniversary day. Jacek Turczyk/PAP

President Andrzej Duda has informed Pope Francis about Poland's epidemic aid to other countries in a telephone conversation, Duda aide Krzysztof Szczerski reported on Thursday, adding the Pope called Poland's aid a "magnificent sign of international solidarity."

Szczerski described Duda's 30-minute exchange with the Pope as "very cordial," and said the president also informed the Pope about Poland's medical missions abroad and medical equipment supplies to other countries.

Duda and Pope Francis also discussed the forthcoming 100th birth anniversary of the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II, whose May 17-planned observations had to be cancelled owing to the coronavirus epidemic, Szczerski said. He added that the Pope assured Duda of his intention to pray at John Paul II's tomb on the anniversary day.

Szczerski also said that a Polish contingent of disinfectants will reach the Vatican in the coming days, and will be distributed to the needy.