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    The Primate of Poland, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, appealed for peace and understanding in his country at the St.

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    1. GV Polish Catholic bishops lead street procession. 0.14
    2. SV Polish Primate, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, and Bishop Macharski of Cracow. (2 SHOTS) 0.29
    3. TVs Thousands of people in street procession. (2 SHOTS) 0.34
    4. SCU PULL BACK TO GV & PAN Glemp addresses crowds. 1.00

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    Background: CRACOW, POLAND

    The Primate of Poland, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, appealed for peace and understanding in his country at the St. Stanislaw religious anniversary in Cracow on May 8. Catholic leaders, including the Cardinal and Bishop Macharski of Cracow, headed a procession of 60,000 people from the city's Wawel Castle. In his address, Cardinal Glemp, speaking less than six weeks before the scheduled visit of Pope John Paul to Poland, called on the authorities to listen to the voice of the people. He said that what the people needed was peace, and for that they needed to be listened to with goodwill. In his speech, frequently interrupted by waves of applause, he refuted allegations by the Polish leader, General Wojciecj Jaruzelski, that the church provided a platform for Solidarity activities. The Primate was speaking at a time of rising tension following the alternative May Day celebrations this year, organised by Solidarity supporters, and renewed street clashes between the police and Solidarity supporters. The Cardinal said that they did not want political demonstration in churches, and neither did they want tear-gas grenades to be thrown in sanctuaries. Cardinal Glemp was commencing on a recent attack by about 15 men on a convent in Warsaw, which housed a church group to help those detained and harassed under martial law. He said it was the duty of the church to help the poor and those who suffered. The speech coincided with a new crackdown on Lech Walesa, and other Solidarity officials. He and nine others were kept under strict police surveillance for several days following a Solidarity meeting recently.

    Source: ZDF

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