Poles Pray for Peace at Border; Some See Anti-Muslim Agenda

GDANSK, Poland — Polish Catholics held rosaries and prayed together Saturday along the country’s 3,500-kilometer (2,000-mile) border, appealing to the Virgin Mary and God for salvation for Poland and the world in a national event that many felt had anti-Islam overtones.

The unusual “Rosary on the Borders” event was organized by lay Catholics but was also endorsed by Polish church authorities, with 320 churches from 22 dioceses taking part. The prayers took place from the Baltic Sea coast in the north to the mountains along Poland’s southern borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and all along the border of this country of 38 million where more than 90 percent declare themselves Roman Catholics.

Organizers say the event commemorated the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima, when three shepherd children in Portugal said the Virgin Mary appeared to them.

But the event also commemorated the huge 16th-century naval battle of Lepanto, when a Christian alliance acting on the wishes of the pope defeated Ottoman Empire forces on the Ionian Sea, “thus saving Europe from Islamization,” as organizers put it.

  • Frances

    It’s not anit-Muslim to wish to preserve one’s culture from invaders. And the Poles have had plenty of reason to be wary:

  • bargogx1

    Any “anti-Muslim agenda” is caused by the desire to maintain that thing they’re praying for.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Russian and Belarus borders may be even more cause for concern than the western and southern borders.

  • Martin B

    Victory at Lepanto DID save Europe from Islamization, no thanks to the New York Slimes or the Associated Press.

  • Oracle9

    The Poles understand.

    You might think that by now most Canadians would have a clue by now. There are a few who understand, like those interested in this blog for example, but the majority suffer from a deep incomprehension, even if it’s spelled out to them.

    • Tooth&Claw

      After reading comments on Yahoo about a mosque in Edmonton holding prayers after that Somali went all Mohammad with a u-Haul, there are more people that are not buying that Islam is religion of peace.

  • simus1

    Pope Evita was a “no show?”

  • DMB

    Christians praying in public in their home country is considered Anti Muslim yet Muslims in the west praying in the public especially on the roads blocking traffic isn’t considered Anti Christian. Typical double standard.

    • gxp01

      because mudslimes have these platinum free-pass the progressives/socialists provide them with. is it any wonder why predominantly mooslime countries in the world have little-to-no human rights (ie: Amendments, Constitution Act(s)) for minorities?