• Short Summary

    Poland's Roman Catholic Primate, Archbishop Jozef Glemp, has expressed joy that freed political internees were able to join their families for Christmas festivities.

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    GV DECEMBER 25: Archbishop Glemp walking into church as congregation watches (2 shots)
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    GV Priest waving incense
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    CU PULL BACK TO SV Crib
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    SV DECEMBER 26: Priest saying Mass PAN TO congregation listening
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    CU solidarity and Papal badges among numerous badges on jacket of worshipper
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    SV Priest addressing congregation
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    GV Poster of Pope John Paul
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    SV PAN Priest leading singing as people hold crosses above their heads (3 shots)
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    Background: Poland's Roman Catholic Primate, Archbishop Jozef Glemp, has expressed joy that freed political internees were able to join their families for Christmas festivities. The Archbishop, who has bitterly attacked the martial law authorities for banning the free trade union Solidarity, spoke out during a Mass on Christmas Day at Warsaw's Saint John's Cathedral. He condemned what he called "the sacking of people for holding different views", and said that all Poles suffered with those families whose members are still not free. On December 23, just eight days before the suspension of military rule, the Communist authorities ended a year of political internment but arrested seven key Solidarity members. While most church services followed tradition and concentrated on the religious significance of Christmas, some priest made reference to the year of martial law. Pro-Solidarity sentiment was particularly strong at a service on December 26 at Warsaw's Saint Stanislaw Kostka church. It is the parish church of the steelworks, and in recent months several patriotic masses have been held there. The Christmas Mass was typical of these, with Solidarity banners and badges prominently displayed. During the Mass, the priest summed up the turbulent year and its consequences. The congregation responded with patriotic songs, and actors read national poems. In general however, it was a typical Polish Christmas, and not even the country's economic and political troubles were able to disrupt centuries-old Christmas traditions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12W9QFX1W2LGAQ3RH0DBD4XUG
    Media URN:
    VLVA12W9QFX1W2LGAQ3RH0DBD4XUG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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