|Poland||POPE SEEKS CHANGE AT RADIO STATION|
Pope John Paul II on Monday made a veiled call for a new direction at a popular but controversial Catholic radio station that has run afoul of the Polish church.
During a prayer meeting on Monday in the northern city of Torun, where Radio Maryja was founded more than seven years ago, the pope told a crowd of 300,000 he was happy to be with listeners of the station ``that reaches many Poles in the country and around the world.''
Radio Maryja claims that five million people -- or one in eight Poles -- tune in daily.
John Paul and the Polish church praised the station when it began broadcasting in 1991, but the station's director has since been reprimanded by both church leaders and secular Poles who accuse the radio of encouraging nationalism and anti-Semitism.
AP 11:39am 10/6/99