Pope John Paul, continuing his nine-day visit to Poland, told the country's bishops on Tuesday (5 June) to seek more freedom from the Communist government.
Pope John Paul, continuing his nine-day visit to Poland, told the country's bishops on Tuesday (5 June) to seek more freedom from the Communist government. Earlier, he celebrated Mass before a huge congregation outside the Jasna Gora monastery at Czestochowa.
SYNOPSIS: Sixty thousand people stood in prayer beneath the ramparts of the ancient monastery while the Pope conducted the service.
During the Mass, the mood of the congregation was sober, but changed immediately when Pope John Paul described to them a home for crippled children in his home town of Wadowice. After embracing several children from the crowd, he said that `even the most ardent enemies of God would be amazed and deeply moved' by the work being carried out by nuns at the home.
There were four thousand nuns in the congregation from convents in the area of Czestochowa, known in Poland as the pilgrim city. The Pope devoted the service to the nuns and their charity work.
Then, at a private meeting inside the monastery, he addressed Poland's seventy bishops. He told them that he knew negotiation with the Communist government over religious rights could not be easy. But the Pope said he supported their efforts to gain more freedom. And he added that the Vatican welcomed diplomatic relations with all countries -- an invitation tot he establishment of ties between Warsaw and the Holy See. The Pope ends his visit on Sunday.