Pope John Paul II celebrates his first papal mass in Warsaw

Erazm Ciołek1979-06-02

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum
Warszawa, Poland

Appointment of the bishop of Cracow Karol Wojtyła as the Pope on 16 October 1978 kindled great enthusiasm throughout the entire Polish society. The communist authorities yielded under pressure and agreed to the Pope’s visit in Poland (2-10 June 1979). The Holy Mass celebrated on Victory Square in Warsaw was attended by 500,000 people. That was when John Paul II uttered those famous words: “And I cry – I who am a son of the land of Poland and who am also Pope John Paul II, I cry from all the depths of this Millennium [...]: Let your Spirit descend! Let your Spirit descend! And renew the face of the earth. The face of this Land!” The visit was instrumental in shaping the social mood in Poland, contributing to the outbreak of strikes and the establishment of Solidarity in 1980.


  • Title: Pope John Paul II celebrates his first papal mass in Warsaw
  • Creator: Erazm Ciołek
  • Date: 1979-06-02
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Original Source: Erazm Ciołek
  • Copyright: © 2014 Erazm Ciołek. All rights reserved. This image cannot be used for any purpose other than personal use. Therefore, reproduction, modification, storage in a retrieval system or retransmission, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical or otherwise, for reasons other than personal use, is strictly prohibited without prior written permission of Agata Ciołek. To request permission to use or reproduce this image, please contact Agata Ciołek: phone (+48) 22 822-73-74; mobile (+48) 608-897-235; foto@erazm.art.pl

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