Sunday, November 24, 2002

In Poland, they're starting work on a shrine that was supposed to be built 200 years ago

The leader of Poland's Roman Catholics broke ground Saturday on what should be one of the country's largest and most important Catholic shrines — two centuries after it was first planned. Cardinal Jozef Glemp broke ground on the Temple of Holy God's Providence in the residential Wilanow section of Warsaw as more than 100 watched through the rain. "We count on God's providence to watch over the construction," Glemp said. Construction was to have started in 1791 to commemorate Poland's adoption of a democratic constitution that year. But plans were scuttled in 1792 after the constitution was abolished, following a military defeat by Russia.

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