Former Polish Church head Cardinal Glemp dies
January 25, 2013
Cardinal Glemp and Pope John Paul II
Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the head of Poland's Roman Catholic Church from 1981 to 2004, died at the age of 83 on Wednesday evening.
Glemp was the head of the Poland's Episcopate Conference for 23 years. He led the Roman Catholic Church when martial law was imposed in Poland in 1981, during the socio-political changes started in 1989 and in the period of Poland's EU integration.
He was the primate of Poland for most of the papacy of the Polish-born Pope John Paul II, who was elected pope in 1978.
Cardinal Glemp will be buried on Monday in the crypt of St John the Baptist’s Cathedral in Warsaw, the place of burial of many prominent Poles, church leaders, politicians and writers.
President Bronislaw Komorowski - who visited Cardinal Glemp in hospital, where he was suffering from lung cancer, several days before his death – will attend the funeral.