Memories of Father Jerzy

Boston Bureau Chief Richard Hornik covered Poland for TIME during the Solidarity era and under martial law. Still vivid in his mind is the memory of a priest he knew. His report:

He shyly introduced himself as Father Jerzy and asked if he could be of help. I had been wandering around the ground floor of the rectory of St. Stanislaw Kostka in Warsaw attempting to interview recipients of Western aid distributed by the Catholic Church. Jerzy Popieluszko, painfully frail and thin, introduced me to his parishioners, calming their fears about talking to a Western journalist. It was only a few months...

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