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

TRADERS OF DEATH?

MAREK CZACHOROWSKI

The New Year was opened in the EU with the message that it would be permitted to buy ‘an emergency pill’ out of a prescription, in case of suspected ‘unwanted pregnancy’. It was decided so by officials of the European Commission, dealing with pro-health policy. »

AN IMPORTANT STEP ON THE ROAD OF ECUMENISM

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ, The honourable Editor-in-Chief of ‘Niedziela’

Pope Francis’ visit in Turkey was significant in the sphere of both international and interreligious life, especially in the sphere of ecumenism, which is expecting somehow a new impetus and is hope for many Christians. Ecumenism is a great theological topic of the Church, especially of the Second Vatican Council. »

TERROR IN PARIS

FR. PAWEŁ ROZPIĄTKOWSKI

In textbooks of history the day of 7 January 2015 will be mentioned in one sentence with other dates: 11 September 2001, 11 March 2004 and 7 July 2005. In the second line a historian will write about Paris, New York, Madrid and London. »

WE PRAY IN THE INTENTION OF ARCHBISHOP ZYGMUNT ZIMOWSKI

A severely ill archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the chair of the Papal Council for Health Service and Pastoral Ministry for the Ill is in a clinic in Warsaw,. On 10 January 2015 priests and alumni were praying in the intention of the 66-year-old archbishop, during the Holy Mass in the chapel of the Seminary in Radom. »

SPECIAL MISSION OF MASS MEDIA TOWARDS FAMILY

Archbishop Wacław Depo
The Chair of the Council for Mass Media of the Polish Episcopal Conference

In 2015, it is the 49th time we have been experiencing the Day of Mass Media in the Church. The issue of Pope Francis’ message prepared on this occasion, sounds: ‘Mass media presenting the family as a favouring environment of a meeting in selfless love’. »

NEW ‘WONDERFUL’ POLAND

GRZEGORZ GÓRNY

A few months ago, during a meeting of the Seym, a proxy of a committee ‘Stop pedophilia’ Mariusz Dzierżawski started reading an instruction from a parliamentary pulpit, how to masturbate. His speech was stopped by the marshal of the Seym at that time, Ewa Kopacz. She noted that there were young people in the aula who can feel offended by the content. In response she heard that it was a fragment of a textbook for sexual education, approved by the Ministry of National Education for Polish schools. »

MIGRATIONS TODAY

FR. WIESŁAW WÓJCIK TChr

Migration became a widely-spreading phenomenon in the contemporary world. It comprises both origin countries of immigrants and transit or target countries »

A CRY OF A DESERT

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

In the Year of Consecrated Life taking place in the Church, we discover various areas connected with religious orders and a hermitic religious orders can already be a real mystery for many of us. We live in unusually dynamic times when the materialized world is passing by us with a higher and higher speed. »

A GREAT ABSENT COMPOSER, STILL WITH US

TADEUSZ SZYMA

It has been a year since the death of Wojciech Kilar. He passed away to Lord on 29 December 2013. Despite the time passing, it is still difficult to accept the death of the composer, who had been one of the clearest people of the Polish music life since the mid of the last century. »

GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM

FR. PAWEŁ ROZPIĄTKOWSKI

How to find godparents for one’s child? This question is often asked by parents who cannot find suitable candidates in their families. Some of them do not meet necessary criteria because of their life choices, and others do not simply want to »

CH@T WITH A WORD AND CULTURAL ACADEMY OF THE HEART

Lidia Dudkiewicz talks with Bishop Henryk Tomasik, responsible for organizing the World Youth Days about the program of the World Youth Days – Kraków 2016, about fascination with John Paul II and the Ch@t with a word

IN DEFENCE OF OUR VALUES

MATEUSZ WYRWICH

CitizenGO organization was established last year, and has been functioning in 60 countries now. It addresses its petitions written in 11 languages, both to authorities and citizens. Whereas, actions undertaken by it, standing in defence of Christian values are very effective. Today CitizenGO gathers over 2 million people »

A CANADIAN WOMAN – A LIFE DEFENDER IN PRISON

JOWITA KOSTRZEWSKA

On the day before the Christmas Eve, Mary Wagner, a Canadian woman defending life, was arrested again for violating probation officer supervision and disturbing economic activity of one of abortion clinics in Toronto. »

A LETTER OF MARY WAGNER’S MOTHER TO POLES

(L.D.)

In the letter to Poles, which Jane Wagner, mother of the pro-life activist wrote, there are such words: ‘May God bless Poland! Thank you that you are for Mary. Do not give up your efforts!’ The letter was addressed to Jacek Kotula and all good people in Poland. »

PEACE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT THERE

AGNIESZKA DZIARMAGA

Jerusalem and Bethlehem are two extremely important places in the Holy Land for Christianity. It was just there where Polish nuns of St. Elizabeth run orphanages for children touched by trauma and painful consequences of war in the place which is most abundant in conflicts in the world – in the homeland of Christ. »

DIRECTION: BETHLEHEM

ARTUR STELMASIAK

A procession of Three Kings gains popularity in our streets. Last year, over 600 thousand people in 180 cities arrived in Bethlehem. What are we going to face up on 6 January 2015? »

PRIESTS’ VISITS TO PARISHIONERS’ AT CHRISTMAS TIME – A MARCH TO PERIPHERIES OF A PARISH

FR. MAREK ŁUCZAK

Going to the church on Sunday – we are looking for sacrum – says Anna Musialik-Chmiel, a journalist for Radio Katowice. – During this year’s priests’ visits to parishioners’ this sacrum comes to us »

A PRIEST’S VISIT AS THE ‘HOME CHURCH’

Fr. Marek Łuczak talks with a religion sociologist prof. Wojciech Świątkiewicz about the sense of a priest’s visit, its evolution and about why a priest should not be ‘borrowed’ for a visit

THE LAST WARNING

MICHAŁ KARNOWSKI

The march in the defence of Media Democracy and Freedom which took place in Warsaw on 13 December 2014, showed how many Poles consider the result of local elections as distorted. A few dozen thousand people, according to various estimations: from 50 to 100 thousand, marched through Warsaw peacefully. »

WILL POLES RETURN FOREVER?

FR. MARIAN WOŹNIAK

Christmas is time of returns from emigration. Observers of this phenomenon ask questions to themselves more and more frequently, how much Poles only want to visit our country on the occasion of family meetings, and how much they are thinking about their definite return »

A WOMAN FIGHTING WITH PILATE OF OUR TIMES

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

Shortly before Christmas Mary Wagner – a well-known 38-year-old Canadian woman, a conscience prisoner – was arrested again, as mass media were informed by her mother. It happened on 23 December 2014 in an abortion Clinique in Toronto. Mary went there in order to save babies endangered by abortion. »

ARCHBISHOP JEDRASZEWSKI IN DEFENCE OF CHILDREN AGAINST GENDER IDEOLOGY

ANNA CICHOBŁAZIŃSKA

Being concerned and outrageous with a situation which took place in the fourth year of the Primary School no 8 in Belchatow, where there were lessons in the spirit of gender ideology, out of parents’ knowledge or consent, archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, the metropolitan of Lodz, on 6 December 2014, wrote a letter to inhabitants of Belchatow. »

WORDS OF THE CARER OF POLISH DIASPORA TO POLES ALL OVER THE WORLD

‘I would like to greet you very cordially and express my unity with you staying abroad for a temporary or permanent time, far away from our Homeland, and your relatives’ – bishop Wieslaw Lechowicz, the delegate of the Polish Episcopate for pastoral ministry of Polish emigration, wrote in his letter to Polish Diaspora on the occasion of Christmas. »

IT IS WORTH BEING GOOD

Milena Kindziuk talks with Krzysztof Ziemiec, a journalist of Polish Television TVP

BISHOPS ARE GUARDIANS OF VALUES

LIDIA DUDKIEWICZ

The march was planned on 13 December 2014 in Warsaw, on the anniversary of introducing the martial law. An invasion against bishops was initiated by those medial and political groups which one would not suspect of a neutral attitude towards the Church or objectivism towards its mission. »

REFLECTIONS ABOUT POLAND AT CHRISTMAS EVE TABLE

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Christmas is concentrated on the family, on family life, which has played an important role in our history. Although cruel neighbours decided to partition our country, destroyed our nationality, they did not manage to destroy our identity. Because it is in the hearts of Poles, full of love and nostalgia for their Polish heritage placed in the resources of faith and culture. »

EUROPEAN APANAGE

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Salary of the chairman of the European Council is higher than salary of the president of the United States and, depending on the rate of euro, it amounts to 100 thousand zlotys a month »

‘ADVENTure’ in a big city

WITOLD DUDZIŃSKI

The purpose of ‘ADVENTure’. Retreats in a big city’, beginning on 5 December 2014 is going out with the Gospel – to which pope Francis calls – outside walls of churches »

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