“Through four decades of Communist rule,” he said,”Poland and the other captive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish your freedom, your faith, your laws, your history, your identity;  indeed, the very essence of your culture and your humanity,” he said. “Yet through it all, you never lost that spirit. Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken.”

Then the U.S. President attributed Poland’s ultimate victory to prayer.

“On June 2nd, 1979, one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first Mass with their Polish pope,” he said. “That day every Communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down.”

“They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when a million Polish men, women and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer.”

“A million Polish people did not ask for wealth. They did not ask for privilege. Instead, one million Poles said three simple words: ‘We want God.’”

“In those words, the Polish people … found new courage to face down their oppressors,” the president said.

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