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Polish primate renews bloodshed warnings

ECHOING an appeal made by Pope John Paul II four days earlier. Archbishop Jozef Glemp of Warsaw and Gniezno urged Polish Catholics to work for resolution of the country's problems without bloodshed.

"The nation needs peace at any cost,he said outside Warsaw's St John the Baptist Cathedral at open-air ceremonies marking his installation last Thursday as head of the Warsaw Archdiocese.

"It needs love and sacrifice, not blood," Archbishop Glemp added. "Do we not have perhaps the duty to build and rebuild national unity based on peace, on a 1,0(k-year-old culture, on the Christian maturity of which John Paul II is a sign'?

"Today the sacrifice calls for reasonableness, Moderation and dialogue, but also for work," he said.

Archbishop Glemp's installation took place just hours after General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's prime minister and minister of defence, told the Sejm (parliament) that the government would take all necessary steps to oppose anarchy and anti-Soviet activities.

The speech came as Solidarity was preparing for the second phase of its national congress which began earlier in September and which has been requesting specific reforms which would give the union more voice and power in national life. At the end of the first phase of the congress Solidarity called for a national referendum on worker participation in business and industry.

Between the two phases. Poland's hierarchy had issued a statement backing the charter of workers' rights contained in the Pope's new encyclical, Laborem Exercens. They also quoted his warning that workers' associations should not "play politics".

On September 25 the Sejm, in a major compromise with Solidarity, passed a law giving workers greater rights in naming factory managers.

The archbishop has issued a letter to the priests and laymen of the Warsaw Archdiocese.

"I pray for each inhabitant of the archdiocese and particularly for those who in their souls have driven back divine life to the margins of their consciences,he said.

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