- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 17, 2004

POLAND

Museum to honor pro-Solidarity priest

WARSAW — A museum dedicated to the life of a pro-Solidarity priest tortured and murdered by Poland’s communist secret police opened yesterday, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the killing.

The museum is situated in the cellar of Warsaw’s St. Stanislaw church, where Father Jerzy Popieluszko’s “Masses for the Homeland” attracted tens of thousands of worshippers.



VATICAN CITY

Well-wishers greetpope on anniversary

Thousands of well-wishers have showered Pope John Paul II with greetings for the 26th anniversary of his election as pontiff, many of them thanking him for speaking out against preventive war, his spokesman said yesterday.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls told Vatican Radio in an interview that while many of the greetings came from VIPs, several thousand were sent by “common people, some Catholic, some not, some not even Christians.” The spokesman said they thanked the pope “for his teaching on specific subjects like peace, family, dialogue, tolerance, human dignity.”

After a concert Friday night at the Vatican to publicly celebrate the occasion, John Paul marked the actual date of his election with morning Mass in his private chapel.

FRANCE

NEW NAME SOUGHT FOR CRAZY HORSE CLUB

PARIS — DESCENDANTS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN WARRIOR CRAZY HORSE WANT A CHANGE IN THE FAMED PARIS STRIP CLUB NAMED AFTER HIM.

ALFRED RED CLOUD, A MEMBER OF THE OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE, DELIVERED A LETTER YESTERDAY TO THE OPERATORS OF THE CRAZY HORSE SALOON ASKING THEM TO CHANGE THE CLUB’S NAME.

“THE NAME IS A SACRED NAME TO OUR PEOPLE. NOBODY USES THAT NAME BACK HOME — EVEN OUR OWN PEOPLE,” RED CLOUD TOLD REPORTERS OUTSIDE THE POSH CLUB, LOCATED NEAR THE CHAMPS-ELYSEES.

THE CRAZY HORSE PARIS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1951 AND IS WELL-KNOWN FOR ADULT ENTERTAINMENT. THE OGLALA SIOUX WARRIOR FOUGHT AGAINST THE U.S. MILITARY IN THE 1800S.

BELARUS

“LAST DICTATOR” SEEKS THIRD TERM

MINSK — BELARUSIANS VOTE TODAY IN A REFERENDUM TO CHANGE THIS EX-SOVIET REPUBLIC’S CONSTITUTION AND ALLOW ITS AUTHORITARIAN PRESIDENT TO RUN FOR A THIRD TERM, BUT THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE DOUBT THE ELECTION WILL MEET DEMOCRATIC STANDARDS.

THE BALLOT COULD DETERMINE WHETHER THIS EASTERN EUROPEAN NATION WILL REMAIN AN ISOLATED SOVIET-STYLE THROWBACK OR SLOWLY TURN TOWARD THE WEST.

PRESIDENT ALEXANDER LUKASHENKO HAS BEEN BRANDED EUROPE’S “LAST DICTATOR,” AND THE MUSTACHIOED LEADER’S AGGRESSIVE RHETORIC HAS DAMAGED RELATIONS NOT ONLY WITH EUROPE BUT ALSO WITH NEIGHBORING RUSSIA, THE NATION’S CLOSEST PARTNER.

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