Prime Minister: Pope John Paul II changed world history

The Head of Government participated in the ceremony of handing over a fragment of the Berlin Wall to the Museum of John Paul II and Primate Wyszyński in Warsaw. The ceremony is part of the Polish Pope’s centennial birthday celebrations.

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

As Mateusz Morawiecki remarked, the downfall of communism was made possible thanks to the Solidarity (Polish: Solidarność) movement which emerged from the grand work of John Paul II. The Polish Pope believed that nations are destined for freedom the Prime Minister emphasised. His whole life was a testimony to the fact that we have to make the world a better place. He deeply believed that, in the face of two global totalitarian systems, we had been appointed to spread goodness said the Head of Government.

We owe Pope John Paul II our gratitude and memory, drawing lessons from his great wisdom highlighted Mateusz Morawiecki. Thanks to him, we can build a free Poland he added.

Berlin Wall in Warsaw

The Federal Republic of Germany has handed a fragment of the Berlin Wall over to the Museum of John Paul II and Primate Wyszyński. This genuine fragment comes from the first row of the Berlin Wall, between the centre of Berlin and the Treptow district. Exhibited outside the museum entrance, the fragment will symbolise the contributions that Saint John Paul II made to the peaceful changes that occurred in Europe at the end of the 20th century.

The hundredth anniversary of Karol Wojtyła's birthday in Wadowice and Krakow

Later in the day, the Prime Minister laid flowers at the John Paul II monument in Wadowice, and then attended Mass at the Sanctuary of St John Paul II in Krakow.

During the ceremony in Wadowice, the head of the government indicated that John Paul II could be named the father of Polish freedom, the father of Solidarność [The Solidarity Movement], and of a new view of reality. His teaching and his whole life were a great formation for Polish society and a herald of hope for the whole world – said Mateusz Morawiecki.

In the opinion of Prime Minister, today we should look into the future, remembering the lesson taught by John Paul II. Our great compatriot, the Saint Pope John Paul II, was certainly a person who not only transformed the fate of the world and Poland, but also set new directions and paths of thinking about the future - he emphasised.

The concert Santo Subito: The Prophet of Our Times

The celebration featured also the concert Santo Subito: The Prophet of Our Times. It was an exceptional musical event prepared with the participation of famous Polish artists, which brought closer the most important messages of the pontificate of the Saint Pope John Paul II. The musical pieces performed included: Święty Boże [Holy God], Osiem błogosławieństw [the Beatitudes], Barka [Barge], and medley of the World Youth Day anthems. Additionally, the video materials presenting the statements of the Saint Pope John Paul II recorded during his pilgrimage to Poland were displayed.

The ceremony ended with a procession of priests from the Sanctuary of St John Paul II in Krakow, and passing to the tower of the Sanctuary, from where a blessing to the four corners of the world was pronounced.

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