A Secret Meeting of the Pope John Paul II with Polish Greek-Catholics
Who thinks that everything has already been written about pilgrimages of John Paul II, is wrong. The photographic query in December in the Museum of John Paul II and the Primate Wyszyński in Wilanów in Warsaw brought an astonishing result. It results from the photograph taken by prominent deceased Ryszard Rzepecki that during his second pilgrimage to Homeland in June 1983, still during the martial law, John Paul II met secretly with representatives of de-legalized Greek-Catholic Church in the countries of the so-called people’s democracy.
This meeting, which could not be in the itinerary of the papal pilgrimage, is not mentioned by any works devoted to pilgrimages of John Paul II to Poland. Besides a narrow group of participants, nobody knew about it. There were not any ‘leaks’ of information either, not to tease the communist authorities which might have strengthened repressions against the Greek-Catholic Church functioning half-legally in Poland. Also the Pope and his people might have had troubles form the communist authorities. It explains why that meeting was not registered in reports of the papal pilgrimage in 1983. And when the Yalta order collapsed, this episode was forgotten, because many events happened, which led to an official acknowledgment of the Greek-Catholic Church and renewal of its hierarchy.