A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 27, 1983

As the tension and concern surrounding the pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to his native Poland built before his arrival in Warsaw last week, TIME correspondents were reporting on the activities of both the visitor and the visited. In Rome, Bonn Bureau Chief Roland Flamini, who as a Rome correspondent covered John Paul's 1978 election, followed the Pontiff's preflight preparations, then accompanied him on the trip to Poland. Paris Correspondent Thomas A. Sancton, a former associate editor who wrote many of TIME's stories about Solidarity, including the 1981 Man of the Year cover on Lech Walesa, was in Poland,...

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