Pope Francis appoints cardinal for Ukraine peace mission | Bittersweet victory for Lechia Gdańsk in last Ekstraklasa match | Polish teams take top honors at European volleyball championships | Zieliński and Nys triumph at Italian Open | Traffic delays and construction near Gdańsk Południe junction

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Pope Francis has asked Italy’s Cardinal Matteo Zuppi to head a peace mission to try and help end the war in Ukraine, according to reports from the Vatican.

A Vatican spokesperson said Pope Francis hoped the operation could “initiate paths of peace, something never abandoned by the Holy Father,” according to Vatican News.

A Vatican diplomatic source quoted by Reuters later said Cardinal Zuppi will try to meet separately with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Cardinal Zuppi, 67, has strong ties to the Sant’ Egidio Community, a Rome-based peace and justice group that brokered a deal in 1992 to end the civil war in Mozambique. During the 15 years of that war, roughly one million people were killed an additional four million others were displaced, according to Reuters.

Today is day 453 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Source: Polskie Radio, PAP

An estimated 15,000 Lechia Gdańsk fans were on hand with “flares, smoke, and tears” to bid club legend Flávio Paixão and Ekstraklasa farewell on Saturday night at Polsat Plus Arena in Gdańsk.

The night ended more positively than expected after midfielder Maciej Gajos scored a goal in the 98th minute, giving new coach David Badia his first win in the 1:0 match against powerhouse Legia Warszawa.

Paixão scored earlier in the match, but the goal was disallowed as he was offside. The 38-year-old was the most effective non-Polish player in the history of the league, scoring 108 goals during his tenure in Ekstraklasa.

The 1:0 victory was a bittersweet moment for Lechia Gdańsk fans, as it marked Paixão’s departure and the team’s last match in Ekstraklasa before relegation to I Liga.

Source: Radio Gdańsk

Poland’s Zaksa Kędzierzyn Koźle have won the men’s CEV Champions League Volley 2023 after beating fellow Polish team Jastrzębski Węgiel 3-2 in the final in Turin, Italy, on Saturday night.

Three-time winners Zaksa hail from Kędzierzyn-Koźle, a mid-sized industrial town in southern Poland, and are the second Polish volleyball club to have topped the prestigious tournament.

The CEV Volleyball Champions League is the top official annual competition for men’s volleyball clubs in Europe.

Source: Polskie Radio

Poland’s Jan Zieliński and Monaco’s Hugo Nys are celebrating after taking home the men’s doubles trophy at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Sunday.

The Polish-Monacan duo saw off the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschulp 7-5, 6-1 in the 66-minute championship match. The win marked Zieliński and Nys’ second title together and their first title of the season.

The pair previously won the men’s doubles at the Metz Open tournament in France, which Zieliński won in 2021 with fellow Pole Hubert Hurkacz.

Source: Polskie Radio, wtatennis.com, atptour.com

This week there will be partial road closures around the Gdańsk Południe junction of the Tricity Beltway, which may cause significant congestion and delays for drivers.

According to city authorities, the restrictions will come into force Monday morning and remain in place until Thursday. Lane closures will be in place today on the roadway from Gdynia to Łódź, switching to the opposite lane tomorrow.

Construction will involve installing barriers and concrete separators, and it is unknown how long the lane closures will last today. Drivers are encouraged to plan accordingly and expect delays.

More information and updates are available at: https://radiogdansk.pl/wiadomosci/region/trojmiasto/2023/05/21/uwaga-kierowcy-istotne-zmiany-organizacji-ruchu-na-wezle-gdansk-poludnie/

Source: Radio Gdańsk


Today will be mostly sunny and warm, with very little chance of rain and a gentle breeze from the northeast. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than yesterday, with a daytime high of 19°C or 66°F, dropping to a low of 8°C or 47°F overnight. Similar weather is expected tomorrow, with clouds and an increased chance of rain returning on Wednesday.

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