I Have Been With You: Lech Walesa meets the Pope

Under a wintry Italian sky, a gray-suited and solemn Lech Walesa, his wife Miroslawa and a 13-member delegation from Solidarity strode across the Vatican's stone-paved Court of San Damaso to the Apostolic Palace. For the occasion, the Swiss Guards had donned their red-plumed metal helmets, an honor usually reserved for visiting heads of state. The helmets attested to the special significance that the Vatican attached to last week's meeting between the leader of Solidarity and his Pope and countryman, John Paul II, formerly Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Cracow.

The historic meeting of the...

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