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.
Poland’s bishops have urged the nation’s Catholics to join a massive rosary prayer crusade along the country’s 2,000-mile border to pray for the salvation of their country.
Organizers say they expect up to a million people to participate in the “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, where “the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamization.”
At least the church is trying to be relevant in Poland
The head of the Polish National Security Office has announced that the country will not be taking in Muslim migrants after the latest terror attacks in Spain saying poorly integrated Muslim communities allow terrorism to fester.
“We do not want to participate in the mandatory process of relocation of migrants coming from the Middle East and Africa. We do not want to implement the decision of the European Union taken in September of 2015,” Waszczykowski said.
…in defiance of government that tried to outlaw it over fears it would be targeted by ‘Muslim immigrants’
From R. R. Reno, on Trump’s Poland speech, at First Things:
Some have compared it to Reagan’s “Tear down this wall” address in Berlin in 1987. This is mistake. Reagan wished to break the will of the Soviet Union. His rhetoric was post-war: We need to overthrow authoritarian controls, to open and loosen things up. What Trump said in Warsaw was keyed to a very different threat, that of a velvet nihilism, a disposition of cultural and moral disarmament that cannot rouse itself to affirm or defend much of anything. In such circumstances—our circumstances—what’s needed are consolidating motifs, to rally people to causes that are worthy of their loyalty, even to the point of self-sacrifice.
There are many reasons to think Donald Trump the wrong man for the job of President of the United States. But of this I am confident: He has discerned the true meaning of our historical moment. The post-war era is ending. We do not need to be chastened by Auschwitz. We need something that calls us upward, something to honor and emulate. More.
Reality check: One wonders what Clinton (femme) would have said, offered the same platform.
See also: Dems tire of consoling Clinton for her loss while dodging the whirling blades of blame.
The news media continues to snipe at the White House. But there’s some Trump triumph as well. First lady Melania Trump is earning accolades for her grace on the global stage this week. Yes, an admiring press chronicles every fabulous ensemble she wears down to the last fashion detail. But they also are applauding Mrs. Trump’s demeanor and diplomatic skills during her second overseas tour.
The Polish government is openly refusing to accept refugees, and according to deputy foreign minister Konrad Szymanski, is “prepared to defend its position in court.” The statement comes as a reaction to a decision by Brussels to launch legal action against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for “not taking the necessary action” in dealing with refugees. Szymanski has accused the EU Commission of refusing to compromise on the issue, saying its course will only reinforce divisions in the EU.
But Poland’s problems with European refugee policy go much deeper, though they surface each time there’s an Islamist terrorist attack on European soil. Whether Manchester, London, or Paris, Polish state television TVP covers each attack in the same way.
Warsaw Muslims call off event following far-right threats
No dhimmis them Poles.
The leaders of Poland and Hungary have not succumbed to pressures to admit an influx of refugees inside their borders – a policy that has yielded no terrorism problems, unlike many of their European neighbors who have been plagued by jihad at the hand of Islamic migrants.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo made her opposition to accepting migrants loud and clear in a statement she delivered between England’s Manchester bombing killing 22 and last weekend’s London Bridge attack killing seven.
“We, Poland, are learning from the mistakes of others … and we will not open our doors to Islamic migrants.”
Poland has seen much worse days. I can remember such days, when Pope John Paul I was assassinated, giving way to John Paul II, the first non-Italian to represent Christ on this earth for centuries. I can remember the days before President Ronald Reagan ignored the objections of his speechwriters and demanded that Mr. Gorbachev “tear down that wall.” Poland survived and thrived because of the freedom loving and God fearing Polish people.
WARSAW — Poland is mulling setting up special camps where asylum seekers would be housed in containers and kept behind fences in the event of another migration crisis, according to the country’s interior minister.
“The thing is to be ready for such a situation in the form of places in which those waiting for deportation would be kept who may try to break the law,” Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish radio on Tuesday. “That’s all it entails. Besides, there are similar container camps in France and in Germany.”
It’s a very similar approach to one adopted by Hungary, which has come under fire from the EU for its harsh approach to asylum seekers.
The Polish interior minister affirmed Poland will not repeat the Western European policy of multiculturalism which he said has led to the “bloody harvest” of multiple terror attacks across the continent since the start of the migrant crisis.
“The policy of multiculturalism in Western Europe is bringing about a bloody harvest in the form of terrorist attacks,” Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish Radio on Tuesday.
The appropriate response to the EU demands.
France and Germany, along with a host of up to 21 other countries, are set to demand Hungary and Poland either accept migrants under the quota system or leave the European Union (EU).
The two nations have ignored Brussels’ insistence that they take migrants presently residing in great numbers in Italy and Greece. Public opinion in Hungary and Poland is also strongly against being forced to accept thousands of migrants from non-European cultures.