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Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz describes witnessing Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland

In a recent article for The American Spectator by Dr. Paul Kengor entitled “Spiting Poland’s Communist Bastards,” IWP professor Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz relayed a personal account of the rally in Poland that greeted Karol Wojtyla, or Pope John Paul II, who was the first Polish, and Slavic, pope in centuries.

Dr. Chodakiewicz was sixteen years old at the time and skipped school to be in attendance when John Paul II was scheduled to make his first visit to Poland as pontiff in June 1979. Dr. Chodakiewicz’s account and the writing of Dr. Kengor bring to life this historic event, which began to turn the tide against communism in Poland. 

The article, written in anticipation of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, may be found here.