Abstract

In his efforts to challenge Poland’s communist regime and shape the thinking of his countrymen on a variety of spiritual, moral, and political issues, Pope John Paul II made generous use of the saints. This article examines Ss. Wojciech, Stanisław, Hedwig, and Maximilian Kolbe, who figured prominently in John Paul’s addresses to Poles during his dramatic visits to his homeland in June 1979 and June 1983, and the ways in which he employed them on behalf of his campaign to encourage, instruct, and succor his fellow Poles.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 555-574
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-17
Open Access
No
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