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Catholic leadership at its finest.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/polish-catholics-pray-borders-save-country-153821344.html

Kodeń (Poland) (AFP) - Thousands of Polish Catholics formed human chains on the country's borders Saturday, begging God "to save Poland and the world" in an event many viewed as a spiritual weapon against the "Islamisation" of Europe.

Reciting "Rosary to the Borders", they called to be protected from the dangers facing them. The episcopate insisted that it was a purely religious initiative.

The goal was to have as many prayer points as possible along Poland's 3,511-kilometre (2,200-mile) border with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and the Baltic Sea.

Fishing boats joined the event on the sea, while kayaks and sailboats formed chains on Polish rivers, local media said.

During a mass, broadcast live by the ultra-Catholic Radio Maryja, Krakow archbishop Marek Jedraszewski called on believers to pray "for the other European nations to make them understand it is necessary to return to Christian roots so that Europe would remain Europe."

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, head of the Polish Episcopal Conference, told the commercial radio station RMF FM that "the key objective of this manifestation is to pray for peace."

The date was not chosen at random. October 7 is when Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, marking the 1571 victory of Christianity over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto.

A victory attributed to the recital of the rosary "that saved Europe from Islamisation", the Solo Dios Basta foundation, organising the event, said on its website.

Many Poles see Islam as a threat. The conservative government, which enjoys the backing of a sizeable portion of the population, refuses to welcome migrants to Poland, which has very few Muslims of its own.

Nationalist Catholic activist Marcin Dybowski told AFP before the event that "a religious war between Christianity and Islam is once again underway in Europe, just like in the past."

"Poland is in danger. We need to shield our families, our homes, our country from all kinds of threats, including the de-Christianisation of our society, which the EU's liberals want to impose on us," he said.

Twenty-two border dioceses have taken part in the event, with their faithful congregating in some 200 churches for a lecture and mass before travelling to the border to say the rosary.

The prayers were also said at the chapels of several international airports. Polish parishes abroad said they would join the event too.


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At least the Polish Catholic does 'get it' about the times, unlike their neighbours to the west and south who want them to 'get with' the times by 'getting struck out' by their barbarian 'invitees'. My big hope for Christianity is this nation, and as long as it stands is as long as we can and will too.
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The dechristianisation of Europe I think is a good thing. I'd like to see all religions wither away everywhere, and the process has to start somewhere. The Islamisation of Europe obviously would be a terrible thing, but it's not an either/or. How about a spot of deislamisation? That seems like something to aim for.

I have pointed out before the utter hypocrisy of Poland refusing almost all immigration, while exporting its own working-age population en masse. It's like Little Warsaw where I live. And it was like Little Kraków where I lived before. I wonder whether the absence of so many young people is a factor in Poland's regressive tendencies? Just an idle thought.
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Peter, I don't think you can really compare these two things because Polish workers in Western Europe are culturally much closer to the country to which they moved than people from Syria or Afghanistan would be in Poland. Most Polish workers in Western Europe also tend to return to Poland after some years rather than settling there permanently, although there are exceptions to that.

It could be seen as hypocrite if it was a warning against people from Western Europe coming to work in Poland, but I doubt that's what these people are concerned about.
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The dechristianisation of Europe I think is a good thing. I'd like to see all religions wither away everywhere, and the process has to start somewhere. The Islamisation of Europe obviously would be a terrible thing, but it's not an either/or. How about a spot of deislamisation? That seems like something to aim for.


That experiment is likely to fail and Europe will easily be taken over by people more confident in their identity.   I'd prefer a Christian Europe to that.   I can imagine a point in the future when what we've been calling progress is more obviously a decline, which will have its inevitable sad ending.

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