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Polish survey shows enduring influence of John Paul II March 26, 2007

According to the results of surveys undertaken by Poland’s Center of the Thought of John Paul II, 94% of Poles speak of the late Pontiff as “my "Pope” and identify Pope Benedict XVI’s predecessor as an important moral authority.

Some 75% of those who responded to the survey prayed at least once for the beatification of the Krakow's former archbishop. More than 90% have at least once listened to a media broadcast of a homily by the former Pontiff, while 50% reported at least once reading in the press a homily by the Polis Pope.

And 33% of Poles responded that they had read at least one book written by the former Pope and 75% reported that they are familiar the teaching of the Polish pontiff. An ever greater number, 80%, declared that they live according to the teachings of John Paul II.

The findings also revealed that 96% of respondents identify themselves as Catholics. Of these, 66% said that they believe and follow the teachings of the Catholic Church while 33% responded that they believe, but in their own way.

The survey found that 60% of Poles attend Holy Mass at least once a week while another 25% reported that they do so at least once a month.

The survey was conducted last November, further testing will be undertaken to determine the level of knowledge about particular aspects of the Pope’s teaching.

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