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    A crowd of some 400 people attended a mass in Warsaw's St.

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    GV Mass at St. Stanislaus church in Warsaw, people singing and showing 'Victory' sign.
    CU Crucifix with a Solidarity emblem.
    SV Parish priest reading his sermon.
    GV Father Jerzy Popieluszko celebrating the mass.
    GV Placard of the Polish eagle with crown and a Solidarity sign.
    SV Father Popieluszko speaking. (Polish SOT)
    CU Woman with tears in her eyes, singing.
    GV People showing Victory sign, singing.

    Background: A crowd of some 400 people attended a mass in Warsaw's St. Stanislaus Kostka church on July 31. The mass, celebrated by Father Jerzy Popieluszko is one of a series of similar masses, dedicated to the Polish nation. Despite lifting of martial law two weeks ago, the spirit of the banned trade union, Solidarity, was still there: people showed the 'Victory' sign and sung Solidarity songs. Although the Polish people greeted the end of military rule in Poland with little enthusiasm, it meant relief at least for some: on July 29, Professor Bronislaw Geremek, a leading activist in Solidarity, was released from Warsaw's main prison. His release papers were authorised by prison officials under the amnesty act recently passed by the Polish parliament. Professor Geremek had been in jail since May. After being greeted by friends and relatives at the gates of the prison, he was believed to be resting with his family at an undisclosed address. Professor Geremek ranked second in importance in underground Solidarity only to fellow activist Janusz Onyskiewicz, the former union spokesman. Hundreds of other former Solidarity workers are due to be released. Under the amnesty act was one of the measures adopted by the Parliament on July 22, when martial law was lifted.

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