Bailouts, crisis meetings, and now divine intervention.

With the European Union deep in crisis, Poland’s church leaders held a special Mass on Sunday to pray for European unity and the country’s success as it holds the EU presidency.

The service in Warsaw, attended by Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and other political leaders, came after Polish church leaders held similar prayers for EU unity five days earlier in Brussels.

With the Masses, this deeply Roman Catholic country is putting its own characteristic stamp on a bloc dominated by more secular Western European nations. The services also serve as a reminder of the EU’s huge popularity in Poland, the largest of the bloc’s eastern members.

Though Germans and others might be getting fed up with bailing out the Greeks and the Portuguese, the benefits of membership feel very tangible in Poland: EU subsidies have created an economic boom, while Poles enjoy unprecedented freedoms to live and travel across Europe.

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