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Life comes back to normal but restrictions against Catholics are escalating

On Monday morning, the senior auxiliary bishop of Łowicz started the pilgrimage from his church. After the Mass, about 130 people gathered and started their long walk in the direction of the Sanctuary of Jasna Góra in southern Poland. Shortly after, the police stopped and dispersed the group of pilgrims. 


“It is interesting to notice that neither the partitioners of Poland in the 19th century (the Russian Empire, Prussia and Austria) nor the occupiers of our land in the 20th century (Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union) ever stopped the Łowicz pilgrimage to Jasna Góra. This year, the police managed to dissolve this important religious event in a free country,” said Bishop Józef Zawitkowski to the conservative Polish newspaper Nasz Dziennik.

A special appeal to the Prime Minister was made by several Catholic associations.

“Life is back to normal. Meanwhile, restrictions directed against Catholics and the Church are not weakening, they are escalating,” we read in the letter.

Another Łowicz priest, Fr. Marek pointed out that “parks and shopping malls are crowded” and that there are “no consequences whatsoever against those who gather and violate sanitary recommendations.”


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