Poland: the Catholic church and the fall of Communism 02/12/2009

In April 1989, Poland's Communist leaders gave the go ahead for the first partially free elections in the former Soviet bloc.

It was an event often described as the first domino which triggered the fall of Communism across Eastern Europe.

Many people believe it could not have happened without the Catholic church and its support for Poland’s outlawed opposition, and the influence of the Polish Pope, John Paul II.

Join our Warsaw correspondent, Adam Easton, as meets people who were closely involved in these historic events – both Catholics and Communists.

Hear about what for them were life-changing moments – and for Eastern Europe, the beginning of the end of Communism.

And hear the story of one courageous priest who spoke out for the opposition and paid with his life.

Below: The young Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity trade union. His trademark badge depicts the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, showing his devotion to the Virgin Mary and the Catholic church.

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Sun 6 Dec 2009 11:32 GMT
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