The Roman catholic Primate of Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, has predicted that Pope John Paul the Second will visit his Polish homeland in May next year.
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Background: The Roman catholic Primate of Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, has predicted that Pope John Paul the Second will visit his Polish homeland in May next year.
SYNOPSIS: Seventy-seven-year-old cardinal Wyszynski, who has been his country's Catholic Primate since 1948, made his prediction to a congregation of five thousand in his annual Christmas Day address at St. John's cathedral in Warsaw. He said the time was approaching for Pope John Paul to attend celebrations marking the nine hundredth anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Stanislaw, a Bishop of Krakow. The Pope was born in 1920 in Wadowice, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) from Krakow, for which he has a strong affection. In 1962, when he was only forty two, he became an assistant Bishop, and, in effect, Archbishop of Krakow.
Ninety percent of Poland's population regard themselves as Catholics. Because of the breadth of religious allegiance, and his long primacy, Cardinal Wyszynski has become a symbol of authority in Poland only second to the Communist Party leader Edward Gierek. Time and again, he has criticised government actions and demanded an independent voice for the Church.
His prediction of the Papal visit came only days after Polish government censors had deleted reference to human rights from Pope John Paul's Christmas message to his former diocese of Krakow.
In his address, cardinal Wyszynski called for a religious revival, through which, he said, the Catholics of his homeland "would like to please the Holy father when he comes to Poland". When the Pope was elected unexpectedly in October, Poland's three top communist officials cabled him to say that his elevation had brought "great satisfaction" to his homeland. Observers say his return would bring unparalleled scenes of welcome.