Preparations for Pope John Paul's visit to Poland from June 16 to 23 were well under way early in the month.
GVs & CUs Carpenters erecting an altar on the site of the Muchowiec sports airfield. (4 SHOTS)
GVs New roads built by Franciscan monks. (3 SHOTS)
GVs & CUs Jasna Gora Monastery with open air altar nearly completed.
SV & CU Monk working on altar cloth. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & CUs People in souvenir stands outside monastery. (6 SHOTS)
SV PAN TO GV Parade (Corpus Christi) with religious banners. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Preparations for Pope John Paul's visit to Poland from June 16 to 23 were well under way early in the month. Outdoor altars were being constructed at several states, including the Muchowiec sports airfield and the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa. Millions of people were expected to gather at these sites to hear the Pope celebrate Mass. New roads were also being built by Franciscan monks to held the crowds due to follow the Pontiff on his second visit to his homeland. On June 4, Archbishop Achille Silvestrini, the Vatican's second most senior official dealing with foreign affairs, returned to Rome following a six-day visit to Poland where he attended to last minute details in preparation for the visit. When questioned by newsmen, the Archbishop would neither confirmed nor denied "rumours" that the Pope planned to meet informally with Mr. Lech Walesa on the last day of his trip. The Pope's formal schedule provides for talks with the Polish leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, and between Church and Government officials. Gdansk, Mr. Walesa's home town, is not on the itinerary for the Papal tour and Mr. Walesa has said he was not optimistic about being permitted to travel to the capital to see the Pope. On June 2, thousands of people attended the traditional Corpus Christi procession in Warsaw. The Polish Primate, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, used the occasion to attack what he alleged to be state violations of human and civil rights. The Cardinal charged the government with discriminating against people involved in the Solidarity movement. He also said he hoped the recent death of an 18-year-old boy at the hands of Polish police would not be repeated.