june memories / 02

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

2nd June, 1979 : More than two million Poles lined the streets from the airport to Warsaw today to welcome Pope John Paul II in the historic first visit of a Pope to a Communist country. In place of the usual red flags and pictures of Communist leaders there were pictures of Christ and the Virgin Mary, and Vatican flags. People threw flowers and cheered. Earlier, the Pope had walked slowly down the steps of the Boeing jet and immediately knelt down. “I have kissed the ground of Poland on which I grew up, and the land from which, through the inscrutable design of Providence, God called me to the Chair of Peter in Rome, the land to which I am coming today as a pilgrim,” he said. Asked about the political significance of the visit he said: ”Communism and capitalism are realities, but underneath stand the people. This is a human reality.”

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