Jarosaw Kaczyski, chairman of the Law and Justice party, 7 September
High on the wall of mayor Augustyn Ormantys office in the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, photographs show him welcoming Pope Saint John Paul II on two occasions to what the mayor describes as the spiritual capital of southern Poland.
I met him five times in all, Ormanty says proudly. In 1997 we made the pope an honorary citizen. Hes the only one to have that honour.
Kalwaria is one of the most significant sites of Catholic pilgrimage in Europe. Its huge 17th-century church and chapels, forming a route modelled on Christs passion, were a favourite destination of the Polish pope, who grew up in nearby Wadowice.
From the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, the baroque basilica of St Marys looks down on a compact community of 5,000 people, which has a reputation for making fine household furniture.
Although he belongs to a small, rural party, Ormanty, 65, is a loyal and passionate supporter of Polands controversial Law and Justice government, which has a strong chance of winning a second term in office after next Sundays general election. Another photograph on his wall shows the mayor with Andrzej Duda, the Law and Justice stalwart who was elected president in 2015.
Its unprecedented what is being done on social welfare, he says. This has gone not just to families, the government is taking care of the disabled and the elderly too. Last month we opened a new centre for the disabled which is helping 30 residents.
Ormanty believes that, beyond economics, Law and Justice are fighting the good fight in the battle to defeat the secular liberal values that have corrupted western European nations and which are threatening to do the same in Catholic Poland.
On the mayors desk, a small collection of books includes a volume by his brother, a distinguished priest. There is also a work entitled: The Destructive Equality of the LBGTQ ideology; allegedly anti-discriminatory and progressive policies as instruments of discrimination and destruction.