Countdown to WYD: Vibrant Faith Emerges From Soviet Drabness, Thanks to JPII

By Carrie Gress

I asked several students what their life had been like under communism. Their answers astonished me, having grown up in the comfortable west. Their answers lead me to ask others during my many visits to Poland. Most spoke of a very grey life, both literally and figuratively. The pollution choked the air and buildings were covered with soot. Infrastructure projects were few and far between, and when they happened, often materials like concrete were stretched with sand or other additives, leaving the completed project crumbling within months.

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Posted on June 17, 2016 .