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Jackowski A., Bilska-Wodecka E., Sołjan I. (red.), 2009 , Peregrinus Cracoviensis, z. 20.
Recenzje: prof. dr hab. Eugeniusz Rydz
Język publikacji: polski
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Moje spotkania z Ojcem Świętym Janem Pawłem II
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Antoni Jackowski, Izabela Sołjan, Franciszek Mróz
Geografia pielgrzymek Jana Pawła II
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Uwagi o społecznym znaczeniu pielgrzymek Jana Pawła II do Polski
Notes on the social significance of John Paul II's pilgrimages to Poland
Summary: John Paul II made eight pilgrimages to Poland. The first took place in 1979 and the last in 2002. The author briefly discusses the social significance of a number of important messages conveyed to the people of Poland during the pilgrimages.
The first pilgrimage and the one that clearly stands out and remains a subject of conversation today was the pilgrimage of June 2nd-10th, 1979. It took place less than a year after the election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope. The Communist government in Poland was afraid of this particular pilgrimage. People were being discouraged from assembling in large groups to welcome the Pope and for his celebrations of Mass.
The Pope's words became etched in the minds of those who were in Warsaw in 1979: "Let the Holy Spirit come upon you and renew the face of the earth, this earth." This was a religious appeal to Providence but also an appeal to the people of Poland to take their fate into their own hands. This renewal was supposed to occur in the hearts and minds of people and then take the form of action. These words as well as others spoken by the Pope during his 1979 pilgrimage encouraged people, mobilized them, and made them believe that they not only have the moral right but also a real chance to take their fate into their own hands. This type of peaceful but decisive manner in which people had organized themselves during the pilgrimage served as an internal driver of political reform via a nascent movement called Solidarity.
What also made political sense was Polish society's attempt to take back public spaces from the hands of the Communist government. Central and symbolic spaces in cities no longer belonged to "them" but "us" and became places where people could spontaneously and genuinely express their real thoughts and true feelings. It now also had a spiritual guardian and leader in the person of the Pope - an individual independent of everyone else, a world authority figure, and a compatriot, as well as a symbol of everything being possible. Despite being occupied and isolated from the rest of the world, Poland could still produce a man who not only represented the most important of values but has also earned the highest respect of the international community. This fact allowed people to believe that a better future was in the works.
A critique of liberal society was the Pope's main message during his fourth pilgrimage to his Homeland, a two-part journey from June 1st-9th and from June 13th-16th of 1991. This time, John Paul II was coming to a free Poland where he still saw a variety of evils and threats. He called on the Polish nation to "Thank God and not abandon the Holy Spirit." His goal was to convey his vision for a free and Christian Poland.
Finally, it is fitting to mention John Paul II's last pilgrimage to Poland on August 16th-19th, 2002. It was a particularly poignant visit paid by a suffering man, and people who came to meet him correctly presumed, as it turned out, that he was saying goodbye to his Homeland and his countrymen.
In the summary section, the author repeats the main messages conveyed by the Pope during his travels to Poland. Undoubtedly, the Pope's central theme was the issue of freedom. The theme appears during his first few pilgrimages in the context of a nation's and a society's freedom from violence and oppression. Later, it resurfaces as an idea to be contemplated in the context of using personal freedom and societal freedom for good or evil purposes. The Pope attached a great deal of significance to the notion of social freedom. The idea surfaces in the 1980s in a political context but later it reappears in reference to the need to promote solidarity with people in need.
Peregrinus Cracoviensis, 2009, z. 20, s. 49-64.
Instytut Geografii i Gospodarki Przestrzennej UJ
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Zachariasz S. Jabłoński OSPPE
Kontekst społeczno-polityczny pierwszej pielgrzymki Jana Pawła II na Jasną Górę
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ks. Jan Górecki
Pielgrzymka Jana Pawła II do Pani Piekarskiej
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ks. Maciej Ostrowski
Pielgrzymki Jana Pawła II do Krakowa
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Historia ołtarza papieskiego w Nowym Targu
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