The Prime Minister highlighted that the Pope John Paul II was also the father of understanding between Poles, and
that at the time of deep divisions, he brought something special – a seed of understanding. As he added, the first pilgrimage of John Paul II to Poland awakened in Poles the desire for freedom and led us to this freedom.
The Prime Minister recalled that the Pope placed family at the centre of social life, and the employee – at the centre of economic life.
This motto is also our motto. We want possibly everybody to benefit from the fruits of solidarity said the Head of Government.
The first pilgrimage of John Paul II to Poland took place on 2–10 June 1979. During that pilgrimage, the Pope visited e.g.: Warsaw, Gniezno, Częstochowa, Krakow, Wadowice and Oświęcim. It is estimated that 10 millions of Poles participated in the meetings with John Paul II in those days.