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Faith and fatigue in the Extreme Way of the Cross in Poland. / Siekierski, Konrad.

In: Religion, State and Society, Vol. 46, No. 2, 03.04.2018, p. 108-122.

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Siekierski, K 2018, 'Faith and fatigue in the Extreme Way of the Cross in Poland', Religion, State and Society, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 108-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/09637494.2018.1456767

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Siekierski, K. (2018). Faith and fatigue in the Extreme Way of the Cross in Poland. Religion, State and Society, 46(2), 108-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/09637494.2018.1456767

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Siekierski K. Faith and fatigue in the Extreme Way of the Cross in Poland. Religion, State and Society. 2018 Apr 3;46(2):108-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/09637494.2018.1456767

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Siekierski, Konrad. / Faith and fatigue in the Extreme Way of the Cross in Poland. In: Religion, State and Society. 2018 ; Vol. 46, No. 2. pp. 108-122.

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