Today (March 18), Telewizja Republika invites you to the premiere of the film “Pielgrzym” Pierwsza pielgrzymka Jana Pawła II do ojczyzny (English: ‘The Pilgrim’ – John Paul II’s first pilgrimage to his homeland) on 2-10 June 1979.
Nine days changed Poland. One of the most important events in the 1000-year history of Poland. Almost 44 years ago, the greatest of Poles – St John Paul II – arrived in Poland. It was the first pilgrimage of the Holy Father to his homeland after his election.
Millions of people at ceremonies, tears, flowers, flags, and emotion on their faces. This is how Poles experienced Pope’s arrival in their homeland. Those who remember those days will relieve them. For younger ones, the film will allow them to experience these exceptionally moving moments for the first time.
In June 1979, in defiance of the communist authorities, crowds of the faithful took to the streets and welcomed their Pope. And the Holy Father’s words at that difficult time gave us Poles hope and faith.
And yet the words of St John Paul II addressed then to the Poles, are relevant even in the present day.
We can relive this special time for us Poles once again on the air of Telewizaj Republika.
Directed and written by Andrzej Trzos-Rastawiecki Music: Bogusław Schaeffer The film uses recordings of the Grand Orchestra of the National Philharmonic conducted by Wojciech Michniewski. Produced by the Holy See and the Polish Episcopate.