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AUTHOR(S)
Nagorski, Andrew
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
New Republic;4/18/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 14, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Almost as soon as he was elected Pope in 1978, John Paul II expressed his wish to return to Poland for an official visit. Both the Communist rulers in Warsaw and the Kremlin were jittery about the possible impact of such an event, and they found themselves at odds about how to respond to the pontiff's request. Soviet party boss Leonid Brezhnev wanted to derail the visit altogether, warning his Polish counterpart, Edward Gierek, that it would "only cause trouble." Brezhnev was never known as a brilliant tactician but, in this particular case, his political instincts were right on target. The Pope made his famous triumphant procession through his homeland in June 1979, and the workers at the Gdańsk shipyard went on strike in August 1980, giving birth to the Solidarity free-trade union movement. The rest, as they say, is history. The full scope of Pope John Paul II's activism during the crucial early period of his papacy isn't all that well-known or understood.
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16738151

 

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