This short excerpt of an upcoming documentary by Fr. Robert Barron, highlights Pope John Paul II's role in the fall of communism, which may have started in the streets of his homeland.
Having lived under communism for most of his life, John Paul was an ardent opponent of the godless system and it's oppression on religious and social freedoms.
During his visit to Poland in 1979, shortly after being elected Pope, the late Pontiff inspired the crowds, which started chanting, “We want God.”
The show of defiance against the regime laid a foundation in the minds and hearts of his countrymen and influenced Lech Walessa and his Solidarity movement to stand firm against the government. Within ten years, communism was toppled in Poland without the use of force.
Poland’s example quickly spread to East Germany and, a year later, the Berlin Wall came down. It continued to snowball until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.