Archbishop of Gdańsk dies at 84
PR dla Zagranicy
Tadeusz Gocłowski, the archbishop of the northern Polish city of Gdańsk from 1984 to 2008, died on Tuesday at the age of 84, church officials said.
Archbishop Tadeusz Gocłowski. Archive picture from 2009. Photo: PAP/Roman Jocher
The archbishop died in a Gdańsk hospital. He had recently suffered a severe stroke.
In 2011, he received the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish state distinction.
Just last week, the archbishop was made an honorary citizen of Gdańsk. The city authorities noted that he had strong links to the history of Gdańsk over the past several decades.
The citation said that “the tenure of his pastoral service in the town coincided with some of the most turbulent and ground-breaking events in Poland’s history: martial law [imposed in December 1981] and attempts by the totalitarian regime to crush the freedom movement, the newly-revived hopes and the pilgrimages by Pope John Paul II, and, finally, the regaining of independence and the building of a free and democratic Third Republic.” (pk)