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THE NUN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

By Rafal Barnaś and Dr. Jakub Krzemiński

Warsaw / September 2, 2020



It was early 1981. A young beautiful woman named Barbara, a guide and protector of Polish pilgrims at the Polish Pilgrim House Sursum Corda in the Vatican, met a handsome doctor from Nicosia (Cyprus). In Poland, the economic crisis was deepening more and more. The vision of living with the man of her dreams in sunny Nicosia gave her the strength and joy of life. She did not mind that her beloved one was a Muslim. She was so impressed by his fascination with the Polish Pope. More and more often, he kept asking her to help him and his colleagues to arrange an audience with the Pope. The Turks were behaving at ease. They were planning to enter St. Peter's Square pretending to be Polish pilgrims...

In May, Barbara had an appointment with a representative of the Polish embassy in order to extend her visa. She was planning to travel to Nicosia to meet her beloved one's family. They agreed to finalize the case shortly. A few days later, an attempt was made on the life of Pope John Paul II. After that, Barbara never showed up at the Polish Embassy. She simply disappeared.

When the investigation into the attempted assassination of the Polish Pope began, no one was able to answer how Ali Agca and Oral Çelik managed to enter St. Peter's Square. Meanwhile, the director of the Polish Pilgrim House in Rome, a Jesuit Kazimierz Przydatek, was removed from his position right after the assassination attempt on the Pope to be replaced by Konrad Hejmo (Dominican).

In 2005, the Institute of National Remembrance announced that in the 1970s and 1980s, the above mentioned Hejmo was a secret informant of SB (the secret police, intelligence and counter-espionage agency of Communist Poland which closely resembled the East German Stasi and Soviet KGB). In the years 1980–1988, he worked for the XIV Division (illegal intelligence) of the First Department of the Ministry of the Interior, through an officer under cover whose nickname was "Lakar". "Lakar" who lived with his family in Cologne (West Germany) operated "under the flag" of the BND - Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service), and, at the same time, was de facto an SB officer.

Barbara disappeared from the public eye after May 13, 1981. Nobody knows how much she has suffered from a dangerous relationship with the Turkish terrorists. Neither is it known who actually used her for the large-scale assassination attempt on the Polish Pope. Only years later it turned out that, probably torn apart by remorse and inspired by the church hierarchs, she entered the convent in Rome where she has been staying until today.

In the meantime, all the inquiries addressed to the Institute of National Remembrance to investigate this matter remain unanswered.

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