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Funeral of Archbishop Gocłowski

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Roberto Galea 06.05.2016 14:29
The funeral of Archbishop Tadeusz Gocłowski, who died on Tuesday aged 84, was held in Gdańsk, northern Poland, on Friday.
The funeral was held on Friday in Gdańsk. Photo: PAP/Adam WarżawaThe funeral was held on Friday in Gdańsk. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa

“One of the most prominent bishops of the second half of the 20th and early 21st century has left us,” said senior Primate Archbishop Henryk Muszyński in his sermon during the funeral mass.

Archbishop Gocłowski died in a Gdańsk hospital on Tuesday.

He had recently suffered a severe stroke.

In 2011, he received the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish state distinction. Just last week, the archbishop was made an honorary citizen of Gdańsk.

The city authorities noted that he had strong links to the history of Gdańsk over the past several decades.

The citation said that “the tenure of his pastoral service in the town coincided with some of the most turbulent and ground-breaking events in Poland’s history: martial law [imposed in December 1981] and attempts by the totalitarian regime to crush the freedom movement, the newly-revived hopes and the pilgrimages by Pope John Paul II, and, finally, the regaining of independence and the building of a free and democratic Third Republic.” (rg/pk)

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