Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: John Paul II awakened in Poles solidarity and desire for freedom

His work and words created new space for our desires for freedom, independence and democracy said the Head of Government during the Obudził w nas Solidarność (He awakened solidarity in us) conference on the 40th anniversary of the first pilgrimage of John Paul II to his fatherland. The event took place in the historical OHS room in the Gdańsk Shipyard.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

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.



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