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Unformatted text preview: III. The Polish Pope and Solidarity The Role of the Catholic Church o Served as a social and cultural alternative to communism Karol Wojtya becomes Pope John Paul II The Popes Return (1979) Solidarity and Lech Wasa o There would be no freedom without solidarity o the Poles formed the first independent union in the Communist bloc o 10 million joined o To some, solidarity meant counterrevolution and striking against their own nation The general banned solidarity and declared marshal law Eventually, there were free elections once the Gorbachev revolution started to sweep the land...
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