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MONDAY      June 7, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 109

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The grueling Polish Pilgrimage begins

WE COULD DESTROY THE OLD SYSTEM BUT COULDN'T BUILD A NEW ONE

Lech Walesa's Statements on Eve of Papal Visit to Poland

A NEW POLAND RECEIVES JOHN PAUL II

Pope Begins Longest Trip of Pontificate

POPE TELLS COUNTRYMEN "THERE IS NO SOLIDARITY WITHOUT LOVE"

800,000 People Attend John Paul II's First Mass in Native Country

ONLY CERTAINTY FOR NEXT MILLENNIUM: "GOD IS LOVE"

Pope Recalls Testimony of Priests Killed by Nazis

POLAND BISHOPS CALL FOR UNITY DURING PAPAL VISIT

      WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Poland's bishops' conference on Friday called for the whole country to reach for a new unity and end political and social quarrels during Pope John Paul II's 13-day visit which began on Saturday.

      The Holy Father will make his longest and most grueling trip home yet since his election to the papacy in 1978. Millions of people are expected to turn out at the papal events, and the bishops have warned against trivializing the religious meaning of the trip by politicizing it. Among the quarrels that are expected to try to take advantage of the high profile of the papal visit are protests by farmer, miners, doctors, and nurses.

      "I hope that during the Pope's visit a bit of an angel will enter each of us and we will reach out our hands to one another," visit organizer Bishop Jan Chrapek told state radio. He added that the government must also do all it can to resolve the disputes with justice. "The bishops appeal to the government to start solving these dramatic problems and not to avoid burning social issues," he said.

      Polish primate Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw also rebuffed the Polish Peasants' Party's attempt urge the Holy Father on behalf of farmers. "The Holy Father will not resolve our woes. He can only remind us of the principles on which we ourselves must base the settlement of our difficulties," he told PAP news agency.

POPE JOHN PAUL II BEGINS PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND

VATICAN CITY, 5 (NE) Today at 8.45am local time, Pope John Paul II will depart from Rome to Poland. It will be the Holy Father's 87th pastoral visit out of Italy, and the 8th time he travels to Poland after his election to the See of Peter. It is officially the 7th visit to his natal country, for in 1991 he divided his 4th visit in two parts, the first one in June and the second one in August.

      The pastoral pilgrimage that begins today will be the longest that the Pontiff has ever made to a single country. Starting today, Saturday June 5, the Pope will stay in Poland for 13 days, returning to the Vatican next Thursday, June 17.

      The Pontiff will visit 20 different places of his country during the trip, completing in this way his visit to all Polish dioceses. He will preside over 11 Eucharistic celebrations, including two ceremonies of beatification and one of canonization. One of these is the beatification of 108 martyrs from World War II.

      Poland has a population of 38,6 million of inhabitants. 95,4 % are Catholic, that is, approximately 36,8 million. It is divided into 43 Church circumscriptions. It has more than 26000 priests and about 27000 religious.



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June 7, 1999 volume 10, no. 109   DAILY CATHOLIC