Polish bishops demand an end to martial law

Poland's Roman Catholic bishops demanded an end to martial law and the release of political prisoners. Their appeal came in a communique released after a two-day episcopate conference in Czestochowa. It said the government should make the moves before Pope John Paul II's visit next month. Tensions between church and state were further strained by a raid Tuesday on a convent in which eight people were beaten by suspected government agents.

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