Poland A Prayer for Solidarity's

Heirs In his homeland, John Paul talks of hope and defiance

When Pope John Paul II last visited his native Poland, in 1983, he made only veiled references to Solidarity, the outlawed independent labor movement. The martial law that had abruptly ended Poland's democratic experiment was still in effect, and he was not even permitted to visit Gdansk, the Baltic shipbuilding city that gave birth to Solidarity. But last week, on his third visit as Pope to his homeland, John Paul more than made up for lost time. Speaking in Gdansk from a giant outdoor altar built in the stylized form of a wooden sailing vessel, the Pontiff not only talked about...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!