Poland: The Darkening Mood

In the small village of Nowy Dvor, some 20 miles from Warsaw, shirt-sleeved farmers chatted in the main square before the church, glancing toward the grey militia cars parked near by. In the dusty churchyard, women knelt to pray while children in white Communion dresses skipped about. Inside the small, battered church, Bishop Jerzy Modzelewski told an overflowing congregation that the replica of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, scheduled to arrive that day in Nowy Dvor as part of a summer-long processional to celebrate the millennium of Poland's conversion to Christianity would not come. "The authorities intercepted it," he...

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