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The Vatican Crisis

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The site of Pope John Paul II's assassination, which caused the Polish Revolution and the events that followed.

On May 13 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and killed by a Bulgarian-supported Turkish Ultra-Nationalist named Mehmet Ali Ağca. With the death of the only Polish pope to date, Catholics in Poland called for Catholicism to run the country, in order to show the world that their religion could prevail over terrorism such as what was seen done to the Pope, and that the Pope would've wanted his mother country to adopt the religion he so valiantly held. Polish Chairman Henryk Jablonski refused, citing that Poland was a communist country, not a country that was overrun by the religious.

By this time, Polish Catholics had had enough. Waldemar Krakow, a previously relatively unknown pastor at a small church in Warsaw, rose to power as the leader of a new illegal political party called the Akcja Katolicka Partia Polski (AKPP), or the Catholic Action Party of Poland. Originally, the party wanted an independent state in the west of Poland that was based on their reigion, but decided against it when they realized that it would be quickly annexed back by Poland, backed by the other allied communistic states. After gaining much more support, Krakow realized that the only way to guarantee Catholic rule, was to depose Chairman Jablonski and install a new theocratic government over all of Poland.

Almost immediately after a public declaration announcing their intentions, the party gained international attention. Most secular countries like Tunisia and the Soviet Union condemned the new movement, calling it an attempt at human oppression. Many american citizens saw this as proof that Theocracy is a real possibility, maybe even for America.

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