WARSAW, Poland (ChurchMilitant.com) - Representatives of the Polish Catholic hierarchy helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence.
On Sunday, over 200,000 people marched in the streets of Warsaw with prominent Polish bishops taking part in the commemoration.
Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, maintained, "A society that does not remember its own past cannot constitute the basis of harmonious coexistence and a joint commitment for achieving future goals."
Being one of the few truly Catholic countries left in Europe, Poland has been outspoken in its Catholic identity. In 2016, the Polish bishops, along with Polish President Andrzej Duda, declared Jesus Christ the King of Poland, and months later, in January 2017, Poland's parliament officially declared the Blessed Virgin Mary the Queen and protector of Poland.
Poland has been under fire from the European Union for refusing to accept the massive influx of Islamic migrants, with critics decrying the desire for the Polish to preserve its national character as "nationalist" — even claiming racism.
Poland has been one of the few nations, along with Hungary and Slovakia, to refuse its quota of Islamic migrants imposed by the European Union. A lawsuit was filed against Poland in 2017, claiming is the country doesn't capitulate financial penalties will be imposed.
Beata Szydło, Poland's former prime minister, maintained "it is impossible not to connect" the uptick in European terror attacks and the influx of Muslim migrants.
Poland's deputy foreign minister, Konrad Szymanski, asserted, "No one will lift the duty of providing public safety from the Polish government."
When President Donald Trump visited Poland in July 2017, he praised the people of Poland, saying, "The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken and who have never, ever forgotten who they are."