Return of the Native
John Paul brings a message of unity and hope to his weary homeland
The scene in the high-ceilinged chamber of Warsaw's Belvedere Palace had just the right amount of symbolism to satisfy history-minded Poles. There was General Wojciech Jaruzelski, standing ramrod straight in an olive-drab uniform encrusted with ten rows of ribbons, the very personification of his country's preoccupation with military honor. Next to him stood Pope John Paul II, a golden pectoral cross hanging over his white robes, the representative of a church that is heroically linked in Polish minds with the...