Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Late Prime Minister Jan Olszewski is a remarkable example of a true Polish patriot

I personally consider Jan Olszewski to be an embodiment of Independence, fighting for what is most important both to Poland and Polish people, and that is Independence, said the Prime Minister during the Requiem Mass at St. John's Archcathedral which was presided by Bishop Emeritus of Drohiczyn diocese, Antoni Pacyfik Dydycz.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellary of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, along with the Council of Ministers and other prominent personages of the State, participated in a two-day funeral service for the late Prime Minister Jan Olszewski. The first part of the service commenced Friday morning at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Participating in the in the ceremony of carrying the coffin with the late Prime Minister Jan Olszewski’s body to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister were the late PM’s family, friends and the most distinguished people of the State. The Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as well as other participants, including the President Andrzej Duda, Marshal of the Sejm Marek Kuchciński, Marshal of the Senate Stanisław Karczewski, Deputy Prime Ministers and ministers, paid their respects. The coffin with the late Prime Minister Jan Olszewski’s body was laid in state.

Following the requiem Mass for the late Jan Olszewski in St. Alexander’s Church, concelebrated by Monsignor Michał Janocha, the auxiliary bishop of Warsaw Archdiocese, the funeral cortege with the body of late Prime Minister Jan Olszewski set off from Prime Minister’s office to the Church of the Gracious Mother of God. The evening vigil was attended by the late PM’s family, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the most important persons of the State. The cortege was accompanied by the Polish Armed Forces cavalry squadron and military band.

Prime Minister, we promise to make sure that your dreams of a great, strong and independent Poland come true in the future. To your question: ‘Who can find home in Poland?’ – we will answer: Poland is to be home to every citizen, to all the citizens of the Republic of Poland. This is our greatest commitment and our goal, underlined Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in his valediction.

After the cortege participants reached the Warsaw Uprising Monument, veterans and anti-communist opposition activist paid tribute to the late Prime Minister Jan Olszewski. Funeral ceremony, attended by the most prominent personages of the State, including the Head of Government, concluded at the Powązki Military Cemetery.

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