Pope to the world - 45th anniversary of the pontificate of John Paul II

Where: Warszawa

Muzeum Mt 5,14, Prymasa Augusta Hlonda 1, Warszawa


Mt 5,14/Muzeum Jana Pawła II i Prymasa Wyszyńskiego

The Mieroszewski Centre was a partner of the international conference organised in connection with the 45th anniversary of the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as Pope. The event included a discussion entitled From Santiago to the Urals - a vision of one Europe, during which the Centre's publications were discussed - Żarliwy antykomunista and The Holy See in relation to Russia and Eastern Christianity.

The title of the panel was taken from John Paul II's homily delivered on 4 May 1987 while still under the 'Iron Curtain' in Spira (West Germany), when the Pope unfolded a vision of a united Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals. The overcoming of the "dangerous contradictions between states and blocs", John Paul II argued at the time, could only be achieved through the cooperation of the various social strata, acting of their own free will, not by coercion.

Participants in the debate:

  • Prof. Myroslav Marynovych, Ukrainian dissident and intellectual, Greek Catholic of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv
  • Andrea Gagliarducci, eminent Italian Vatican scholar of the younger generation
  • Dr Łukasz Adamski of the Mieroszewski Centre (moderator).

The conference was held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda.