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Author Felak, James Ramon, 1957- author.

Title The pope in Poland: the pilgrimages of John Paul II, 1979-1991 / James Ramon Felak
Published Pittsburgh, Pa : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series Russian and East European studies
Russian and East European studies.
Contents 1. Catalyst: The 1979 Pilgrimage -- 2. Comforter: The 1983 Pilgrimage -- A gallery of images follows page 132 -- 3. critic: the 1987 pilgrimage -- 4. prophet: the 1991 Pilgrimage
Summary "John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in over 500 years, and the first Slavic pontiff in history. Shortly after his election to the papacy in 1978, he launched a series of visits to his native Poland, then in the midst of dramatic social changes that heralded the end of Communism. In this groundbreaking book, James Ramon Felak carefully examines the Pope's first four visits to his homeland in June of 1979, 1983, 1987, and 1991 in the late Communist and immediate post-Communist period. Careful analysis of speeches, press coverage, and documents from the Communist Party, government, and police show how the Pope and the Communist authorities engaged one another. Felak gives equal attention to John Paul's political and religious messages, highlighting how he astutely maneuvered between the rising hopes of the Polish people and the dangerous fears of a dying regime. The Pope in Poland recreates and explicates these dramatic visits that played a major role in the collapse of Communism in Poland as well as laid out a papal vision for Poland's post-Communist future"-- Provided by publisher
Subject John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 -- Travel -- Poland
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005
Catholic Church -- Poland
Catholic Church
Communism and Christianity -- Catholic Church.
Politics and government
Communism and Christianity -- Catholic Church
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1980-1989.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780822987345