June 6, 1999 |
Pope John Paul II returned to his native land Saturday for a seventh and probably final sojourn to celebrate Eastern Europe's moral victory over communism a decade ago and pray for those still suffering in despotism's tenacious grip. Against the backdrop of continued bloodshed and sorrow in the shattered Balkans, the pontiff praised his fellow Poles for heeding "the cry of conscience" that rang out from shipyard workers of this Baltic Sea port demanding dignity and human rights.
April 28, 1998 |
Poland's most famous turncoat made an emotional visit to his homeland Monday after 17 years in exile, defending his actions to a public still divided over whether he is a hero or a traitor. Col. Ryszard Kuklinski, a longtime spy who fled Poland after telling the CIA about the Communist regime's plans to impose martial law, said that he acted in the interest of Polish independence. "We saw the need to escape the Soviet grip.
June 8, 1997 |
He climbed the altar with a cane and spoke with a weary voice, slurring his prayers. The 300,000 worshipers kept interrupting. "We love you!" they chanted. Slowly, Pope John Paul II regained his vigor. He recalled the prediction 19 autumns ago by his mentor, the late Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, that he, the just-elected Polish pope, would lead the Roman Catholic Church to the year 2000. Then the stooped figure, a distant white speck to many who heard him, electrified the crowd.
May 31, 1997 |
Pope John Paul II today begins his fifth and longest pilgrimage to his native Poland, a highly anticipated journey likely to be marked by religious, political and personal drama. The pontiff starts the 11-day visit in the southwestern city of Wroclaw, where an estimated 1 million pilgrims have been gathering at a world congress of Roman Catholics and other Christians.
July 9, 1995 |
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl paid his respects Saturday to the more than 1.5 million people killed at Auschwitz during World War II. Kohl, on a three-day visit to Poland, toured the site of the former Nazi Germany's death camp with Poland's Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, an Auschwitz survivor.
May 23, 1995 |
Pope John Paul II returned to his roots here in rural Poland on Monday in a lightning homecoming by helicopter marked as much by moral admonishment as favorite-son nostalgia. Huge crowds welcomed the 75-year-old pontiff and left him misty-eyed on a nine-hour visit to three mountain towns in a picturesque region of southern Poland not far from his birthplace.