Announcements and Notes

Population of Poland

Total 38.182 million (data for 1990)
By religious affiliation:
Catholic Church - Roman Rite 35,894,538
Catholic Church - Greek Rite 300,000
Catholic Church - New Greek Rite 300
Catholic Church - Armenian Rite 8,000
Polish Catholic Church 52,400
Old Catholic Mariavite Church 24,774
Catholic Mariavite Church 3,004
Polish Autocephalic Orthodox Church 570,600
Eastern Orthodox Church [Old Believers] 2,621
Evangelical - Augsburg Confession approx. 100,000
Evangelical Reformed approx. 4,000
Methodists 3,012
Baptists 6,174
7th Day Adventists 9,618
Evangelical Christian Church 1,460
Pentecostal Church 12,467
Jehova's Witnesses 96,841
Mormon Church 286
Polish Brothers approx. 132
Islamic Associations approx. 4,100
Jewish Religious Association 1,560
Karaim Jewish Association 200
International Religious Association of Rosicrucians 106
Hare-Krishnas 3,000
Source: Rocznik Statystyczny 1991 [1991 Statistical Yearbook], Warsaw: Central Statistical Office, 1991. We have omitted a dozen or so minor denominations.

By ethnic origin or nationality:
Polish 37.2 million
Germans 500,000
Ukrainians 300,000
Belarusses 200,000
Lithuanians 20,000
Slovaks 20,000
Czechs 20,000
Jews 15,000
Gypsies 15,000
Armenians 1,500
Karaims (Muslim Tatars) 200

Source: Donosy, 17 September 1992.

American High School Students Invited to Poland
Polish American Cultural Network reports that high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 with an above average academic record and two years of study of a foreign language are eligible to apply to participate in an exchange program to study at a high school in Poland and reside with a Polish family. Also eligible are graduating seniors interested in serving as assistants to English language high school teachers in Poland. Contact Richard Banasikowski, Open Door Student Exchange, P.O. Box 71/250 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, N.Y. 11551. Tel. 1-800-366-OPEN.

Go to East Central Europe, Middle-Aged Traveller!
As the dollar has plunged against the French franc and the German mark, and $200 meals in Paris became a reality (The NYT C2, August 27, 1992), travel in east central Europe (Poland, Bohemia, Slovakia and Hungary) has become a bargain. Make sure your friends know that.

Poland Receives 1,500 Bosnian Orphans
On October 15, 1992, UPI reported that the Polish government and charitable institutions accepted 1,500 Bosnian children from Bosanski Brod orphaned or made homeless by the ongoing Serbian-Bosnian war. The children and the accompanying personnel arrived in Poland by train and are housed in facilities near Warsaw. They will take instruction in their own language. It is anticipated that when the war is over, those who without relatives in Bosnia will be allowed to remain in Poland.

Croatian Relief Services Welcomes Contributions
The war in the Balkans left destruction in its wake, and Croats need basic supplies. We received a letter stating: "[The city of Mostar] lies in complete ruins. People live in the streets and the shelling takes place on a daily basis. Our friends enter the city at night and leave it at night. They are unable to deliver food during the day. They risk their lives to do so." Send a tax-deductible check to Croatian Relief Services of St. John, 239 Anderson Avenue, Fairview, New Jersey 07022. Tel. 1-800-932-4340, Fax 1-201-945-4890.

Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Parish in Houston Gets New Pastor
On September 26, 1992, the Rev. Marian Ogorek, S. Ch., was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Pastoral Mission, 1731 Blalock, Houston, Texas. The former pastor, the Rev. Edward Traczyk, S.Ch., joined the U.S. Marines as chaplain. Yes Virginia, there is an English Mass on Sunday at 10:00 AM.

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