Poland: Toward the Millennium

Poland's Roman Catholic Church has been planning for a decade to solemnly celebrate the nation's conversion to Christendom 1,000 years ago this year. Religious ceremonies are scheduled for many parts of the country, but the highlight will come May 3, the Polish national holiday, when thousands of Poles will journey to the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, home of the nationally cherished "Black Madonna." The Communist regime of Wladyslaw Gomulka, which has conducted a running feud with the church, is desperately anxious to avoid or at least diminish any public demonstration...