In 1953 in Poland, Bl. Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński was imprisoned for three years by the occupying Communist regime. The fruit of his prayer in prison was the launch of a nine-year national initiative of prayer and study that would lead up to the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland in 1966. He named this initiative “The Great Novena.” In 1979, St. John Paul II’s visit to Poland sparked the Solidarity Movement which would overthrow the regime. It was Cardinal Wyszyński’s Great Novena that laid the moral and religious foundation for the success of Solidarity and the liberation of Poland.

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