A crowd estimated at up to one million people rose into a religious and patriotic fervour on Monday (4 June) when Pope John Paul the Second conducted a three-hour Mass at Czestochowa, Poland's holiest shrine.
GV Pope John Paul II in open vehicle driving through crowds waving.
SV PAN Crowd, applauding. (Nun)
GV Motorcade moving slowly through sea of people.
GV Pope and Cardinal Wyszynski on dias waving to crowd. (3 SHOTS)
SCU & SV Crowd applaud as Pope takes seat. (2 SHOTS)
GV Jasnogora Monastery.
SV & GV Pope giving address, CUT AWAY TO crowd.
SV Nuns and crowd, children holding portraits and Pope watching. (3 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Nurses attending people on ground.
SV pope looking on as crowd signs. (4 SHOTS)
GV TOP VIEW Expanse of crowd.
MCKAY: "The Pontiff was keeping an appointment that Pope Paul, before him, had wanted so much to fulfil. Pope Paul had been denied; Pope John Paul had succeeded. And no-one was more delighted that the Polish Primate, Cardinal Wyszynski, there to greet him on the richly-decorated bier. The shrine of Jasnogora, the bright mountain is as much about Polish national identity, as it is about religion. When a Polish Pope comes to pay homage here, no-one doubts that he is doubting the official wisdom about his country's character. Catholic memory in Poland, still marked by earlier invasions from Sweden and Russia, lingers in fear of too close a tie with the eastern neighbours. Pope John Paul, with his concern for nationality, gives a voice to that spirit of Polish independence embodied in the Jasnogora monastery. "In his address, the Pope once again chose his words cautiously, saying that the history of Poland could be written in different ways. But to understand it, people should listen to the shrine at Jasnogora. Scenes like these, with the Pope meeting wild acclaim where ever he goes, have been watched with deep misgiving by the communist leadership. People have been prepared to endure hours of blazing sunshine in order to see him, even at some discomfort. It's been a consummate performance that any politician would envy. Almost as often as they applaud, unprompted, they sing."
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Background: A crowd estimated at up to one million people rose into a religious and patriotic fervour on Monday (4 June) when Pope John Paul the Second conducted a three-hour Mass at Czestochowa, Poland's holiest shrine. The Pope said his visit meant he had kept a vow made soon after he took office last year that he would come to this spot. He reminded his immense audience that the late Pope Paul the Sixth had wanted to visit this place as a pilgrim. Observers considered this reference an indirect comment on Poland's communist government, because Pope Paul had twice been denied permission to come to Poland. Mike McKay of the BBC reports on the Pope's visit to the shrine.