INTRODUCTION: The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, died in Warsaw on Thursday (28 May).
SCU Standing shot Cardinal Wyszinski
CU PULL BACK TO GV Polish flag on residence of Cardinal, with name plaque on outside, with crowds entering to pay last respects (2 shots)
SV PAN Clergy entering residence to pay last respects
CU PULL BACK GV INTERIOR, CU Coffin PULL BACK TO GV kneeling mourners (3 shots)
SCU Solidarity flag beside coffin
CU PAN From coffin to candle
FILE FILM: GV's and SV's Wyszynski meeting crowds (4 shots)
SV Cardinal Wyszynski kneeling before Pope John Paul 2nd
SV Pope descends from plane
Cardinal Wyszinski on platform with Pope
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, died in Warsaw on Thursday (28 May). He was 79. The cardinal had been suffering from stomach cancer.
SYNOPSIS: Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski had been Roman Catholic Primate of Poland for 30 years. And when he died, the response of thousands of people was an outpouring of adulation - and grief. Throughout Thursday, they file past his coffin to pay their last respects.
His leadership had spanned three decades - much of this time in conflict with Poland's Communist government. The election of a Polish Pope greatly enhanced the cardinal's standing - and brought state recognition of the Roman Catholic church as the popular force it had remained for the faithful. In earlier days of Stalinist repression, the cardinal had been a virtual prisoner.
During the upheavals of the past year, Cardinal Wyszynski urged the government to build more churches and allow priests greater access to the media. He got his way, and church Masses were broadcast on state television. Recently, he acted as mediator between the government and the independent trade unions.
Cardinal Wyszynski was regarded with such reverence by Polish Catholics that replacing him will be difficult. He is expected to be buried in the vaults of Warsaw's St. John's Cathedral. Church officials have said they are thinking of holding on the same day an open air Mass in Victory Square. It would be only the second time this has happened; the first was after Pope John Paul the Second was shot.
In a telegram from his sickbed, the Pope described the cardinal as a "tireless pastor and fearless witness of Christ". The two men had shored up the faith and confidence of Roman Catholic believers in Poland.