Pope John Paul II yesterday visited the location of a 1920 battle that saved Poland from a Bolshevik takeover. The battle is regarded as significant also for the rest of Europe.
In August 1920, 35,000 Polish soldiers defeated 20 divisions of the Red Army, which were set to conquer the capital. More than 5000 soldiers died. One of the foreign observers of that battle was convinced that if Warsaw had fallen, Europe would have been at the mercy of the Soviet invasion.
"It was a great victory of the Polish Army. Such a great victory that it is not possible to explain it in a purely natural way, and that is why it was called the 'Miracle over the Vistula.' The victory was preceded by fervent national prayer. The Polish Episcopate, meeting at Jasna Gora, consecrated the whole nation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and confided it to the protection of Mary, Queen of Poland," the Pope said in his homily in Warszawa-Praga.