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Cardinal Wojtyla's account of his stay in Rome - the planned agreement between the Polish government and the NRF government and its significance for the Holy See.
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Audio recording of an excerpt from the account of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła delivered at the Polish Bishops' Conference. The event took place in Cracow on 25-26 November 1970.
Cardinal Wojtyła reports on his stay in Rome and the meeting with Paul VI and Archbishop Casaroli; the talks mainly concerned the so-called Western lands and the intended agreement between the government of Poland and the government of the German Federal Republic.
Cardinal Karol Wojtyła reports on conversations with Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Agostino Casaroli, the Vatican diplomat responsible for relations between the Holy See and communist countries. The talks concerned the creation of a new church administration in the lands of western and northern Poland (Silesia, Lubuskie Land, Western Pomerania, and Warmia and Mazury). These lands had been taken away from Germany after the Second World War and granted to Poland under the decisions taken at the Conferences of the Powers at Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam. Since 1945 there was a temporary church structure in these areas, the so-called Apostolic Administrations. It wasn’t until the German government had recognised the new borders that it was possible to establish permanent dioceses. In 1970, an agreement on the normalisation of relations between Germany and Poland was signed. Cardinal Wojtyla talked about settling the matter of permanent dioceses in Rome, which the Polish Church cared about very much. However, Archbishop Casaroli stated that it would be appropriate to await the ratification of the agreement by the parliaments of Germany and Poland, which took place two years later.