Dear Readers of 'Niedziela',

The Archdiocese of Czestochowa has published the Catholic Weekly 'Niedziela' since 1926. At first the circulation of 'Niedziela' was small and distributed only in the diocese till the year 1939. During World War II the weekly was not published. In 1945, after the war it was distributed all over Poland but appeared till 1953 because the communist authorities suspended its publication. The break lasted till 1981. During the period of Solidarity the bishop of Czestochowa succeeded in re-establishing 'Niedziela'. Since then it has been published as the biggest Catholic weekly in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe. 'Niedziela' is read in Poland, Europe and America - practically on every continent. It has an electronic version and read in 111 countries worldwide. For several months the Russian edition, as a summary of our articles, has been published once a month. more...

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

SEPARATISM

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Scotland dreamt about separation. After 307 years of relation with England, there was a referendum. However, the majority, because over 55 per cent of the Scots, opted against leaving the United Kingdom, but nearly 45 per cent of them wanted independence. »

POPE FRANCIS WILL VISIT THE CHURCH OF THE MARTYRS

Włodzimierz Rędzioch talks with the archbishop metropolitan of Tirana, Rrok Mirdita, before the papal journey to Albania which is going to take place on 21 September 2014.

A MIRACLE HAPPENED!

MILENA KINDZIUK

Francois Audelan, 56-year-old French man, was dying from an unusually malignant cancer of a kind of leukemia. When he was already in agony, his wife had chosen a coffin for him, settled formalities of the funeral. And a miracle happened – through the intercession of blessed priest Jerzy Popieluszko. »

AFTER A PRAYER CANCER DISAPPEARED

ROBERT WIT WYROSTKIEWICZ, Thiais , France

– I am only a little man. I recovered, and I was dying. Now I can only wait for fruits of the work of canonization tribunal members – said Francois Audelan. »

PUTIN’S MOCKERY

Wiesława Lewandowska talks with prof. Romuald Szeremietiew about helplessness of Ukraine, Russian insolence, nonsense talking of the West and a portrait of tsarina Katarzyna

MOTHER

KS. ANDRZEJ WITKO

In one of her songs Anna Jantar reminded that the person of her mum – Halina Szmeterling, with her family name Surmacewicz, who is just celebrating the 90th anniversary of her birthday. On one of Saturdays of the ending summer in a Warsaw church of St. Antoni, a solemn Holy Mass was celebrated in the intention of the Honourable Jubilee Woman, which was attended by many relatives and friends. »

A CATHOLIC CANNOT BE INDIFFERENT

BARTOSZ KOWNACKI

A Catholic cannot be passive towards more and more frequent and aggressive behaviours against Catholic values. More and more frequent cases of the cross profanation must be worrying. »

CALL FROM POLISH JERUSALEM

AGNIESZKA DZIARMAGA

During III Days of Jeruzalem in Miechów, called Polish Jerusalem, on 6-7 September, there was a meeting of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher – dames and cavaliers of the Knights’ Order of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. »

IS IT A REPLAY OF HISTORY: HITLER – PUTIN?

Fr. Ireneusz Skubiś, an Honourable Editor-in-chief of ‘Niedziela’

I am very impressed by the film which was broadcast by the Polish Television on 2 September in the evening and which presented the beginning of the Second World War. The film presented many testimonies of people who were still able to tell others about their experiences from those days, and also showed the behavior of Europe towards defenceless Poland. »

THE CROSS LASTS ALTHOUGH THE WORLD IS CHANGING

LIDIA DUDKIEWICZ, The Editor-in chief of ‘Niedziela’

Recently, every day, via media, we receive cruel scenes of bloodshed of Christ’s followers. People lose their lives for one reason – because they are Christians. They are escaping massively from the offensive of the Islamists. It concerns even 70 countries of the world and in 50 of them persecutions are bloodshed. »

WHY IS IT JUST ME?

MILENA KINDZIUK

From the moment of the miraculous healing, he has still got a question in his mind: what does God want from him? After all, there must be a purpose of what has happened. »

REFLECTIONS ON WAR AND SOLIDARITY

We remember the German aggression against Poland and the heroic fight of the Polish soldier. At that time we were the attacked party, fighting in the fair war because in the defence of independence and the whole of the Polish country. We did not meet with the expressions of solidarity from allies, who denounced the war to Germany on 3 September 1939, but only in order to defend their nations against the alleged aggression. »

THE VICTIM IS THE WHOLE SOCIETY

Nearly every day we receive worrying information from Iraq about the situation of the Christians persecuted in this country by the Islamists. On the recent days, archbishop of Bagdad, Jean Benjamin Sleiman OCD has arrived in Poland. He came to our country to the invitation of the organization Help to the Church in Need. »

POPE FRANCIS IS ALREADY ON THE WAY TO POLAND

Lidia Dudkiewicz talks with archbishop Wacław Depo – the metropolitan of Częstochowa, a Chair of the Council for Mass Media of the Polish Episcopal Conference about pope Francis who became an unusual pilgrim of Jasna Góra, a phenomenon of pilgrimages and perspectives which the Church in Poland is going to face »

A PAPAL MAN FOR ‘PUBLIC RELATIONS’

WŁODZIMIERZ RĘDZIOCH

In the beginning he said ‘no’, later ‘maybe’ in order to accept an offer to work for the Pope finally. He was frightened but the fact that he was considered in it, he treated as a great distinction. Who is the man who says that he gives the Pope a ball, while he scores a goal? »

YES – FOR PEACE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONS! NO – FOR WAR AND KILLING!

BISHOPS OF THE POLISH EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE/ WARSAW

In the word edited on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War diocesan bishops write: ‘Peace and forgiveness are our duty’. Anxiety of pastors of the Church is raised by the events in Ukraine. »

CHURCH MUST BE A BUILDER OF BRIDGES AND THOSE WHO BRING PEACE!

The Holy Mass in the cathedral in Glliwice was the main point of the prayer of bishops from Poland and Germany on the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. On 31 August the Eucharist was celebrated by the Chair of the Polish Episcopal Conference archbishop Stanisław Gądecki and the Chair of the German Episcopal cardinal Reinhard Marx. »

BLESSED PRIEST JERZY POPIEŁUSZKO A PATRON OF NSZZ ‘SOLIDARNOŚĆ’ MOVEMENT

Congregation of Divine Cult and Sacraments Discipline from the authorization of pope Francis, to the request of NSZZ ‘Solidarność’, submitted in Vatican via the Polish Episcopal Conference, made a decision about appointing blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko, the chaplain of ‘Solidarność’, the patron of Independent Self-governmental Trade Union ‘Solidarność’. »

A BROKEN CULTURAL CODE

GRZEGORZ GÓRNY

My acquaintance, an academic lecturer told me, how during his classes with students he was suspecting that listeners did not completely know what he was talking about. So, he stopped his lecture and asked: ‘Does anyone of you know what Targowica was?’. About thirty young people were silent, looking around themselves quizzically. Finally, somebody murmured shyly: ‘Is it a device for measuring a fair?’ »

REAL EUROPEANS

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Nothing surprising. This is the first and the Basic rule for those who are interested In the European Union, and, first of all, for supporters for the European integration. For the so-called real Europeans it is even a dogma. Most of them believe that everything which the European Union does, is reasonable and serves to the good of its citizens, not, for example, narrow business groups, clerks or lobbyists. »

RELICS OF BLESSED PRIEST POPIEŁUSZKO

ARTUR STELMASIAK

In the cathedral of St. Olaf in Oslo, relics of blessed priest Jerzy Popiełuszko were passed over to Norway. They were taken to this country by a delegation of 70 pilgrims from Poland, who have been related to the cult of the martyr from Żoliborz for years »

A SAINT IN A SUIT

AGNIESZKA BUGAŁA

Konrad Adenauer Said about him: ‘A saint in a suit’. He used to get up at 5 a.m. He used to go to the Holy Mass with a basket for milk and a baguette. Later, he used to go to Metz by bus. He was the prime minister of France twice. As a minister and the prime minister he prayed in the chapel of the Miraculous Medallion in Rue du Bac in Paris. He initiated the process of the unification of Europe. »

A STORY ABOUT THE WARSAW MERMAID

ALICJA DĘBOWSKA

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Krystyna Krahelska’s birthday, whose face was shown in the monument of the Warsaw mermaid »

HE BROUGHT INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO JASNA GÓRA

The statement was registered by Jolanta Kobojek

As every year. Archbishop Konrad Krajewski – the papal almoner made a foot pilgrimage from Łódź to Częstochowa. On the day of the entering of the pilgrimage Jasna Góra – on 24 August, a reporter of ‘Niedziela’ managed to get to him and conduct an interview for our weekly. Archbishop Krajewski said among the others: - A call of the foot pilgrimage from Łódź were the words: ‘Jesus, I trust You’, so, during this pilgrimage I was asking for deepening this great trustfulness to Jesus, even when it is humanly illogical and not from this world. »

IN VITRO A LUCRATIVE SPHERE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

Surely life will win, which is stronger than death. Death preys on life, there would not be death without life. We believe in life, we defend it and we promote it. Therefore we cannot contribute to all this which endangers it and kills it. »

Editor: Tygodnik Katolicki "Niedziela", ul. 3 Maja 12, 42-200 Czestochowa, Polska
Editor-in-chief: Fr Ireneusz Skubis • Translation: Aneta Amrozik • E-mail: redakcja@niedziela.pl