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

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. »

400 KILOMETRES ARE A STONE’S THROW

Artur Stelmasiak talks with Bishop Cyril Klimowicz about the Catholic Church in Siberia

VIOLENCE CAN NOT BE OVERCOME WITH VIOLENCE

The Papal Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement concerning actions of the Jihadists from the Islamic Country in Iraq. The Vatican document states that the whole world is observing with astonishment the so-called return of caliphate which was abolished on 20 October 1923 by Kemal Ataturk – a creator of the modern Turkey. »

A CATASTROPHE IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD

FR. ŁUKASZ JAKSIK

While the Islamic fighters are still going onward, humanitarian help is not sufficient. There is also an increasing number in illnesses and deaths among children and elderly people. »

DO NOT PERVERT THE TRUTH!

Marek Cichucki, an actor from Łódź, 5 August 2014 lost his job in the New Theatre in Łódź – officially because of ‘loss of trustfulness’, unofficially – because the director does not want to have in his team ‘another Chazan’. At the end of June this year the actor criticized the text of the play ‘Golgotha picnic’ and left the theatre performance in which he was supposed to take part

WE REMEMBER!

ALINA CZERNIAKOWSKA

Warsaw 1 August filled everyone with pride and returned hope. I was among crowds of people going on foot through Warsaw to the Military Graveyard to graves of heroes. »

LIKE A KIN TO HIS FAMILY

FR. MAREK ŁUCZAK

On the website of the diocese of Kalisz a message was placed about nomination of a new auxiliary bishop. The information is entitled: From Mary to Joseph. – These words are the hit the jackpot – comments Fr. Łukasz Buzun, a Pauline Father who was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Kalisz by pope Francis »

THE MOST IMPORTANT MOUNTAIN IS JASNA GÓRA

EDITORS

Father Marian Waligóra became a new prior of Jasna Góra. He is a successor of Fr. Łukasz Buzun who held this function from 16 April 2014 and 3 months later – on 5 July 2014 he was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Kalisz by pope Francis. »

DEFENDING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

FR. INF. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ, HONOURABLE CHIEF EDITOR OF ‘NIEDZIELA’

In the recent years revolutionary atmosphere has been awakened in the countries, mostly the Muslim ones, which, one by one, are undergoing destruction. Islam is getting louder and louder which is fighting against Christianity. Extreme groups of the Islamists are persecuting the Christian groups in a ruthless and the cruelest way. »

AN EMPLOYEE IS NOT AN ADDITION TO A MACHINE

ANDRZEJ KAŹMIERCZAK

There is a shocking information that the parliament of Bolivia has passed law legalizing employment of children under the age of 10. The previous legislation in this country permitted for children’s employment under the age of 14. According to the survey carried out by the International Organization of Work in 2008 and the analysis of the government of Bolivia, about 850 thousand children at the age from 5 to 17 must work in this country. »

COURTS WITHOUT SERIOUSNESS

CZESŁAW RYSZKA

On 2 August this year, In Wrocław various patriotic groups organized a protest in defence of the filmmaker Grzegorz Braun, and also against using the administration of justice for systemic defence of communist criminals against art. 2 and 19 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland. Grzegorz Braun informed about his being sentenced in a talk with the Catholic Association of Journalists and the issue was publicized from the beginning by the portal PCh24.pl. »

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