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Solidarity chaplain dead at 73

Catholic World News - July 13, 2010

Father Henryk Jankowski, who offered the first Mass for striking Solidarity workers at the Gdansk shipyard in 1980, has died at the age of 73.

“I saw around 8,500 people at the entrance gate, not including the strikers themselves,” he once recounted. “I then realized the great danger that I could put these people in.”

In 1997, Father Jankowski was barred from preaching for a year after he said that “one cannot tolerate the Jewish minority in the Polish government.”

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