|Poland||POPE PAYS TRIBUTE TO NAZI, COMMUNIST VICTIMS|
Pope John Paul yesterday paid tribute to Christians killed during the Nazi and Communist eras, saying Polish soil had been sown with the blood of many ''unknown soldiers'' killed for their faith.
The Pope told a crowd of hundreds of thousands at a mass in the northwestern city Bydgoszcz on the third day of his trip home that they should never forget those who died to defend the Roman Catholic church.
``How many martyrs there were during the time of the Second World War and under Communist totalitarianism,'' he said. ``They suffered and gave their lives in the death camps of Hitler or those of the Soviets,'' he said.
The 79-year-old Pope reminded the crowd how Nazi Germans had publicly executed Bydgoszcz's defenders after they captured the city in the opening days of World War Two. He recalled how the local bishop was sent to the Dachau death camp.
Reuters 1:43pm 8/6/99