From the December, 2006 issue of Touchstone

Workers of Another World United by John Harmon McElroy

Workers of Another World United

A Personal Commemoration of Poland’s Solidarity 25 Years Later

by John Harmon McElroy

The 1981 summer English Seminar in Poznan, Poland, had ended, and the twenty-six British and American instructors and the more than two hundred students had gathered for the farewell party. A young woman from one of my classes told me of John Paul II’s first visit to Poland as pope and the pilgrimage she and her classmates made to Czestochowa to worship with him at the shrine of their homeland’s holiest icon, “the Black Madonna,” at Jasna Gora.

“There we were with the Holy Father,” she said, “thousands of us, praying sile . . .


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