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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

AN OFFER NOT FOR REJECTION

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Nine years ago the contemporary saint – John Paul II was dying. The whole world was flabbergasted at that time. We knew that the Pope was passing away but we wanted to push away that moment and we cordially wished the Holy Father his health. And the hour of death arrived, and the world start crying. Why was it crying? »

THE HOLY FATHER AS A PENITENT AND A CONFESSOR

The initiative ’24 hours for Lord’, suggested by pope Francis is a special expiatory divine service, with adoration of the Holy Sacrament and confession for 24 hours, which started on 28 March in the afternoon. It was also held in many churches in the whole world. »

GUARDING A REAL IMAGE OF CHRIST

Fr. inf. Ireneusz Skubiś talks with archbishop Wacław Depo – the metropolitan of Częstochowa, the chair of the Council for Mass Media of the Polish Episcopal Conference

MY SATURDAY TIME IN THE UPPER ROOM

ELŻBIETA JASTRZĘBSKA DSSH

Members of the Knights’ Order of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, in which I am a lady, has had its retreats for five years in the first week of the Lent. On Saturday 8 March 2014, after the retreats at Jasna Góra, I went to the Chapel of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady at 8 p. m. in order to pray with others to Our Lady with the old hymn of Byzantine liturgy, sung while standing and called Akathistos. »

NINE YEARS WITHOUT JOHN PAUL II

GRZEGORZ POLAK

We are living with the forthcoming canonization of John Paul II and other dates are becoming forgotten, so, it is good that ‘Niedziela’ reminds about the date of 2 April 2005. It has just been the ninth anniversary of our great Compatriot’s death »

ABOUT PROPER UNDERSTANDING THE INSEPARABILITY OF MARRIAGE

FR. WOJCIECH GÓRALSKI

It is doubtless that the Church has a duty to care about its all believers – also those who after contracting their canonic (ecclesiastical) marriages have got divorced and then they entered into new marriage, certainly the civil one. However, there is a question: how far can this care reach – till the moment of allowing such people for receiving the Holy Communion? »

SORRY, PRIME MINISTER, BUT YOU ARE A LIAR….

MATEUSZ WYRWICH

On 19 March 2014, in the Sejm, a protest of parents started, aimed against the deception of the prime minister who had announced five years before that he would implement beneficial financial changes for parents and carers of disabled children. Despite his promises, he did not keep his word. And although he met with parents, the suggestion which he had made, significantly diverged from those which he had originally declared and renewed several times »

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CHANGE SEXES

KRYSTYNA PAWŁOWICZ

The Polish government supports people with distorted sexual identity, it comes out with its own proposal of the procedure of the so-called sexes change, exceeds its public competences »

THE WORST TRUTH IS BETTER THAN A LIE

Artur Stelmasiak talks with Dorota Skrzypek – a widow of the chairman of the National Bank of Poland Sławomir Skrzypek

CANONIZATION MERCIFULNESS SPARK

(Editors)

Canonization Mercifulness spark which was given to representatives of all Polish dioceses and public services from cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz on 30 March, on Palm Sunday, and on 13 April bishops will pass it to youth delegations from particular parishes and representatives of local governments and social institutions, like hospitals, hospices, orphanages, social care houses and prisons. »

MARY, THE QUEEN OF POLAND – SORROWFUL MOTHER!

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We are coming to You, Mary, on the 1st anniversary of the pontificate of pope Francis. We entrust him cordially to Your care. We also entrust new leaders of the Church in Poland and we thank for our archbishop Wacław, who like Jan in Ephesus guards Your home, Mary, at Jasna Góra and the whole Polish Marian heritage. »

STOP BREAKING THE FAMILY BECAUSE OF POVERTY!

CZESŁAW RYSZKA

Poverty in Poland has the face of a child. Poverty has the face of a child living especially in a large family. According to the Main Statistics Office, nearly 10 per cent (that is, below the so-called existence minimum) of families with three children live in the extreme poverty and even 26.6 per cent families have four or more children. In total, 2.5 million children use benefits intended for people living in the extreme poverty. »

LAWS PROMOTING VIOLENCE

Anna Cichobłazińska talks with professor of the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, dr. hab. Maria Ryś, the chair of the University Society Fides et Ratio

RESPONDING TO THE POWER OF EVIL WITH THE POWER OF THE GOOD

Fr. inf. Ireneusz Skubiś talks with bishop Marian Buczek– a Secretary of the Ukrainian Episcopal Conference

NOTHING HAS FINISHED YET

Wiesława Lewandowska talks with Anna Fotyga about too long silence of the world and ruts of the Polish Foreign policy

LAND AS A REFUGE OF POLISHNESS

ARCHBISHOP JÓZEF MICHALIK

I do not have any merits of the Polish village, because we all have love and emotional bond to homeland and this is a condition of identity, building inner sense of safety and dignity. In the youth times I saw a bitter difficulty of a farmer’s work, but I also saw that land never disappointed people, that there is gratitude for the emotional bond, multiplying fruits of a seed thrown into it, by ten and even hundred times, as it was reminded by Jesus. »

THE CROSS OF THE HOLY YEAR – THE CROSS OF WORLD YOUTH DAYS

BISHOP HENRYK TOMASIK

There are preparations for XXXI World Youth Days – Cracow 2016. Besides the organizational-logistic issues, spiritual preparation is extremely important: mainly a prayer. Many groups are praying in the intention of the World Youth Days which are going to be in Poland. An important phase of the spiritual preparation is going to be a pilgrimage of the cross of the World Youth Days. »

UNKNOWN TRIBUNAL OF MERCIFULNESS

Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik talks with prelate priest dr. Krzysztof Nykiel – a Regent of Apostolic Penitentiary

FROM LIFE TO LIFE

PAWEŁ ZUCHNIEWICZ

On 2 April 2005, nine years ago, at the time of the Jasna Góra Appeal Prayer, at 9.37 p.m. , the Polish Pope’s heart stopped beating. Between Saturday, when he passed away to Father’s Home, and the following Friday, when he was buried, it looked as if the world stopped. The next pope – Benedict XVI started the beatification process quickly. »

RUSSIA DID NOT GO TO SLEEP

Wiesława Lewandowska talks with Andrzej Wilk about rebuilding the Russian empire, making the West dormant and the European dream about times before the First World War

TRANSFORM BRILLIANCE OF RESURRECTION INTO THE MERCIFULNESS DEEDS

MAŁGORZATA CHOJNACKA-DZIESZYŃSKA DSSH

In Rome, during a fashion show, whose income was to be intended for a charity purpose, at one moment, gathered viewers experienced a shock, because, after presenting a collection by young models, Mother Theresa ran out into a catwalk. A surprised announcer first got flabbergasted and later said: So far we have seen pretty girls, but now we see a truly beautiful woman’. »

SAVING HOLINESS

Fr. inf. Ireneusz Skubiś talks with dr. Wanda Półtawska about pastoral priorities of blessed John Paul II, his educational methods, the greatest life passions and signposts for the contemporary Church

WITH BLESSED KATARZYNA EMMERICH ON VIA DOLOROSA

FR. WALDERMAR CHROSTOWSKI

Evangelical narrations about the passion and death of Jesus Christ marked the main trend of passion faith and religiousness of the Christians. Reflecting on His passion and death fruited with deep mystical experiences, and among them - an unusual testimony which was passed by blessed Katarzyna Emmerich. Reading 'Passion, that is, painful torment of our Lord Jesus Christ' is an ascension onto Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem and travel through it with the mystic whose transcripts 'complement' what we know from the Gospel »

LIFE WANTS TO LIVE

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

As a result of the unsuccessful so-called eugenic abortion in Wrocław, a girl was born. Abortion was done because of the Down syndrome diagnosed in her. In addition, she had to face the consequences of the extreme premature birth. This is a case which raised much interest – indeed one hardly hears about similar situations. Why are children killed in the majesty of law? »

WHO WAS THIS KAROL?

ARTUR STELMASIAK

'Karol who became a saint' – is the first family movie about John Paul II. Viewers can see the saint Pope in the new light because from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy. »

UKRAINE, RUSSIA AND – FATIMA

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

In Fatima in Portugal in 1917 during the apparitions of the Holiest Mother, the word ‘Russia’ was said. Still small children – 7-year-old Hiacynta, 9-year-old Francis and 10-year-old Łucja – did not know this term. However, they, somehow, mechanically passed the message to the world, that Our Lady had told them about the need of conversion of Russia, because this country may be a sower of a war. »

CHILDREN ARE TAKEN AWAY FROM POOR FAMILIES

KATARZYNA WOYNAROWSKA

According to the report presented in the Sejm by the department of the social politics, from the beginning of 2012 Polish families had 1827 children taken away. The reason – life helplessness, difficult living conditions, unemployment and many other factors which compose the phenomenon of poverty. »

A GOOD CATHOLIC INTERFERES INTO POLITICS

Anna Przewoźnik talks with a parliamentarian for the European Parliament Tadeusz Cymański about the faithfulness to the Gospel, about pro-family policy, demographic catastrophe and gender ideology

THE PRIME MINISTER – A GREAT PUBLISHER

CZESŁAW RYSZKA

In the Eastern neighbouring countries there is nearly the martial law – somebody will say – I am hardly dealing with this matter, as, for example, a free elementary textbook for the first grade pupils, promised for every 6-year-old child by the prime minister Donald Tusk. In fact I should put the above promise where there are tens similar ones to them, that is, unfulfilled. »

UNCERTAINTY OF UKRAINE

Wiesława Lewandowska talks with Anna Łabuszewska about European dream, ‘Russian world’ and difficult relations between Ukraine and Russia

OPERATIVE FAITHFULNESS

Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik talks with Fr. Stefan Moszoro-Dąbrowski, a regional vicar of Opus Dei in Poland

IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CROSS

BISHOP ABTONI PACYFIK DYDYCZ

The second cadency of the Polish Episcopal Conference leadership of archbishop Józef Michalik, the metropolitan of Przemyśl is slowly ending »

PAPAL CONCERN ABOUT MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

ARCHBISHOP JÓZEF MICHALIK

First, I would like note the fragment of the quoted message concerning preparation for marriage. This is a great care of our Church and pope Francis who, in his teaching often emphasized that we have to oppose to the culture of temporality. »

LENT WITH A BLESSED VISIONARY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Lent is the time touching spiritual life of the man – a sphere which has a significance not lesser than the physical and psychological sphere, which stabilizes psychophysical human functioning and gives it a direction. Lent is for a Christian time of a kind of effort connected with work on oneself, taking control of one’s weaknesses, with a kind of renunciation, etc., and everything for Jesus feeling his great God’s tragedy in this liturgical time. »

ACTIONS IN RUSSIA THREATEN THE SAFETY IN EUROPE

(editors)

The Federation Council, the Higher Chamber of the Russian Parliament, on 1 March 2014 allowed for using the Military Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin addressed this request for such a consent to the Chamber. The request was supported by 90 members of the Federation Council, that is, everybody who had been registered during the extraordinary meeting of the Chamber. »

DEFICIT OF DEMOCRACY

Wiesława Lewanowska talks with a parliamentarian Kazimierz M. Ujazdowski about the abuse of parliamentarian law, lack of Sejm control and lulling the public opinion

FRANCIS WHOM WE DO NOT KNOW

JOANNA SZCZERBIŃSKA

Authors of this book, unusual in many respects – Agnieszka Gracz and Adam Sosnowski – last year they were standing in the rain at the Basilica of St. Peter. Together with other journalists from other countries, they were waiting in suspense for the result of the conclave. The new pope fascinated them at the moment of appearing in the Loggia of Blessings. »

FAITH AND FORGIVENESS

FR. KRZYSZTOF PAWLINA

Hatred, anger, lack of forgiveness – these are pains hidden deeply. Although they are not visible, they often come out from hide imperceptibly. »

FAME TO UKRAINE

WOJCIECH KĘDER

If one wants to influence the course of international events, first it is necessary to fight for the subjectivity of one’s country in the international arena and an effective defence of its interests »

HERE I FEEL LIKE AT HOME

FR. WALDEMAR WESOŁOWSKI

- I returned to the paradise of my childhood. Therefore, I feel here like at home – said cardinal Joachim Meisner from Koln during the Holy Mass celebrated on 15 February 2014 in Mary’s Basilica in Krzeszów. In this place he was celebrating his 80th birthday and the jubilee of the 25 years of his archbishopric ministry in Koln. Pope Francis accepted his resignation from this function because of his retiring age »

SUCCESS DESPITE EVERYTHING

ARTUR STELMASIAK

Cooperative Credit Unions earned over 250 million zlotys in 2013. – If he were not harassed all the time, our result would be much better – says Rafał Matusiak, the chairman of the National Credit Unions »

FROM JASNA GÓRA

Fr. Stanisław Tomoń OSPPE, the spokesman of Jasna Góra

GOD, PLEASE, PROTECT UKRAINE

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Many people were killed. Hundreds of people need medical help. Streets, buildings of important institutions, houses were destroyed. This is a dramatic picture. In Europe of XXI century people kill people. So much is said about democracy, but it is still far to it; so much is said about freedom, but there is also lack of it. Somebody is taking away democracy and is destroying it. This all is happening in the eyes of the highly civilizationally developed world… »

TWO FACES OF POLAND

KATARZYNA WOYNAROWSKA

Even a border was defined. It is not on a map but it is perceivable from a closer perspective, in small towns or villages. The border between poor and rich Poland. It was marked on the line Elbląg – Krosno. On the right there is the so-called eastern wall, in which the income per one inhabitant is much smaller than on the other side of the border. »

A PROGRAM FOR ORDINARY POLES

CZESŁAW RYSZKA

The events in Ukraine have obscured the significance of the Second Meeting of the IV Congress of Law and Justice which was held in Warsaw on 15 February 2014. It had a programmatic character and its issues were: health, work, family. These are three key problems of Poles to solve or: three biggest dangers today with which the government of the Civic Platform and the Polish People’s Alliance cannot cope. »

FOUNDATION ‘OUR SUNDAY’ HAS BEEN STARTED

Anna Cichobłazińska talks with Fr. Ireneusz Skubiś – the editor in chief of ‘Sunday’

FORESTS AND GOVERNMENTS

WIESŁAWA LEWANDOWSKA

The State Forests have been praised for 90 years. Because they could represent the Polish statehood and be the symbol of the independent economy in the Second Polish Republic »

THEY MAINTAIN FAITH OF FATHERS AND TRADITION

Poles and Polish Diaspora in the diocese of Rockiville Centre on the so-called Long Island, have been gathering together for a dozen years, around the local Archdiocese pastor, under the lead of one of Polish bishops in order to manifest their faith, relation to tradition and the Church. In this way they contribute to enriching multicultural society of the local Church in the United States. The organizer of the meeting is usually the diocesan branch of the Polish-American Priests Association (PAPA). »

WISDOM OF MIND AND WISDOM OF HEART

FR. JAROSŁAW GRABOWSKI

Many meetings of John Paul II with people of science and culture, his engagement in the Papal Science Academy (which involves among the others 20 laureates of the Nobel Prize), establishing the Papal Council for Culture (1982), the Papal Academy of Social Studies (1994) and the Papal Academy of Life (1994), to which prominent scientists from the whole world belong, these are only some evidences of the papal care for science. »

WITH VISIT TO POPE FRANCIS – FOR STRENGTHENING ONESELF

Holy Father, Today we are coming to Your Holiness as a teacher of faith, thanks to whom each of us feels fully the Church, because we are looking for Lord’s words in Your word. This meeting was awaited and touching because from the beginning of Your ministry at the Holy See we have been realizing the fact that Your Holiness strengthens our Church not only with the charisma of word but also with a testimony of a witness of courageous and lively faith. We thank Holy Father for this testimony. »

DEFENCE OF DOCTOR’S CONSCIENCE

ARTUR STELMASIAK

Conscience is an element of the human nature which reminds us about the superiority of moral law over the statutory law – emphasized archbishop Henryk Hoser, the chairman of the Experts’ Team of the Polish Episcopal Conference for Bioethics. »

FAMILY AS A KEY TO THE FUTURE OF HUMANKIND

(Editors/Catholic Informative Agency)

Issues of the marriage and family were the subject of debates of the extraordinary consistory of the Cardinals’ Collegium, who under the chairman of pope Francis, were participating in the debate on 20-21 February 2014 in Vatican. The Holy Father invited also 19 bishops to the consistory to whom he handed in cardinals’ insignia on 22 February 2014. »

DECEASED FR. INF. JÓZEF WÓJCIK – LOVED THE CHURCH AND POLAND

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

On 16 February 2014, just before the Jasna Góra Appeal Prayer, Fr. Inf. Józef Wójcik passed away to Lord. The priest the legend, the former parish priest in Suchedniów in the diocese of Sandomierz. If I wanted to summarize the life of the excellent man, I would say: he loved the Church and Poland. He felt the great spirit of cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and he was undoubtedly a knight for him. »

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