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What is the purpose of these pastoral visits? The pope has said they are to strengthen the faith of the local church and to be a visible symbol of the unity of the universal church. There certainly were good effects for the local church in Australia. In a country which sees itself as “secular,” the pope placed spiritual and Catholic values squarely on the national agenda. Issues concerning religion, church, and faith were widely debated in the media. The large public liturgies attracted enormous crowds and gave many people a sense of belonging to the church again, a pride in being a Catholic.
R. Foster (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1984), 15. 7. : USCC, 1979), 18, par. 6. 8. Leszek Kolakowski, translated from “Wywiad z Leszkiem Kolakowskim (fragmenty),” in Zeszyty Literackie, 2 (Wiosna, 1983), 53-54. 9. Frossard, Be Not Afraid, 17-18. 10. Milosz, Native Realm, 84-85. 11. , The Real Poland: An Anthology of National Self-Perception (New York: Continuum, 1982), 199-201. 12. John Paul II, Redemptor hominis, 12, par. 5. 13. John Paul II, Origins, vol. 13, no. 14 (15 September 1983): 239.
They like to point out that in the 1300s persecuted Jews from all over Europe fled to Poland as the one safe haven of refuge where they could be truly free. They boast about the fact that in the sixteenth century, during the time of the Reformation, many suffering persecution for their religious beliefs found in Poland a home where they could worship as they pleased. This respect for individual freedom and toleration of divergent views was carried to an extreme in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the National Sejm passed the Liberum Veto permitting any member of the Sejm, by a single vote, to dissove a parliamentary session and annul its enactments.