|Poland||POPE EMPHASISES CHRISTIAN UNITY|
Pope John Paul II travelled to eastern Poland yesterday for a Mass and ecumenical meeting with Orthodox Christians from the former Soviet Union.
Catholic and Greek Orthodox faithful from Belarus, Kazakstan, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia were among the estimated 400,000 people gathered in a meadow for the Mass in Siedlce, 90 km east of Warsaw.
Banners and flags in the crowd were from Belarus, the Ukraine and even Siberia and the Urals region in eastern Russia.
The afternoon ecumenical meeting in Drohiczyn, 18 miles further northeast on the Bug River, was to include Orthodox Christians.
Christian unity and religious pluralism are major themes of John Paul's 13-day pilgrimage to his homeland, which began on Saturday. The pope is heading to Umschlagplatz monument in Warsaw today to pray for Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.
AP 1:28pm 11/6/99