by Jack O'Sullivan
CARDINAL Josef Glemp arrived at Heathrow Airport yesterday morning to an enthusiastic welcome from Cardinal Hume, representatives of the Polish community, and government officials at the beginning of his 12-day visit to Britain.
He was formally welcomed to the country by Cardinal Hume at the 11.30 Mass at Westminster Cathedral and in the afternoon flew to Scotland for two days.
Cardinal Glemp claims descent on his mother's side from the once large Scottish community in Poland. Having concelebrated Mass last night with Cardinal Gray in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, he is expected today to visit Carfin Grotto, Lanarkshire, where there is an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Polish Primate is also hoping to meet General Stanislaw Maczek, wartime commander of the first Polish Armoured Division, who was called "a piece of history" by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Britain in 1982.
The 2000 strong Polish community in Scotland will get their chance to meet Cardinal Glemp tonight when he will say Mass in the St Peter's, Partick, in the west end of Glasgow.
Cardinal Cilemp will also be ist Ling, from tomorrow, Polish communities throughout Britain.
But the highlight of the trip will be a solemn High Mass next Wednesday evening in Westminster Cathedral, when Cardinal Glemp will join bishops front all over Europe to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of St Methodius, who with his brother St Cyril brought Christianity to the Slav peoples of Europe. celebration, at which Cardinal Hume will preach, will be Cardinal Franz KOnig, Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris, Archbishop Bruno Heim, the papal pro-nuncio, Archbishop Sustar ISf Ljubljana, Archbishop Mercieca of Malta and Bishop Hornyak, Apostolic Exarch to the Ukranians in Great Britain.
Cardinal Glemp's visit will end on March 4 when he returns to Warsaw.