The Primate of Poland cardinal Stefan Wyszyński (1901 – 81) has been nine times to the Western Pomerania, including seven times in Szczecin. It was just during his first visit in the city of Gryf, when he got a message about raising him to the honour of cardinal by pope Pius XII, hence, ‘Cardinal of Szczecin’, which name was willingly used by the Primate of Millennium. Being an archbishop of Gniezno and Warsaw, he was also a bishop of administrative district of Gorzów (1948 – 72) and a metropolitan of the diocese of Szczecin. (1972 – 81).

These lands, given back to Poland after the Second World War, were very dear to him. In Szczecin he used to say: ‘The return of Poland to the Lands of Piastów, to Silesian Lands or to Pomerania Lands, is a significant warning of God who is leading nations, is Father of Peoples and Nations. It is a warning for bloody nations, which cause wars’. God, through his intercession, just here, in Szczecin, healed a young woman.This person at the age of 19 got ill of thyroid cancer. An extensive surgery of the thyroid – removal of the cancer and lymph nodes affected by metastases - was performed in Szczecin on 17 February 1988. Unfortunately, after a short-term improvement of the health state, in her throat there appeared a tumor of 5 cm, dangerous for life. – Every breath seemed the last one – admitted the woman. Doctors gave her a chance of only three months of life. Intensive prayers of nuns and laymen to God through the intercession of God’s servant cardinal Stefan Wyszyński have been listened to. During the stay in the Oncological Institute in Gliwice in March 1989, unexpectedly, there was a great improvement of health. The healing is the fact and its stability was confirmed by the professor of medicine from Szczecin and two professors from Warsaw.

On the 32nd anniversary of death of cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, in the parish church of St. John the Baptist in Szczecin, there was the end of the diocesan process connected with the miraculous healing of the woman, and which was opened on 27 March 2012, in the chapel of the Bishopric House by archbishop Andrzej Dzięga, the metropolitan of Szczecin. The result of the work of the diocesan tribunal are four boxes of documentation. The promoter of justice stated publicly to Archbishop Metropolitan and the vice-postulator of the beatification process Father dr. Gabriel Bartoszewski OFMCap, that he knows the acts and they are compatible with the provisions of the canonic law. The last document ‘Instrumentum clausulae’ was signed by archbishop Andrzej Dzięg, and in this way the work of the tribunal was finished. The acts of the process were made in three copies: the original of the documentation will be in the diocesan archive, and two copies of acts, both in Polish and in Italian, will be sent to Rome, to the Congregation of Canonization Issues.

Archbishop Dzięga sees a clear sign of God in it, and he asked the gathered for a prayer of faith for the beatification of the Primate of Millennium soon. The postulator of the beatification process, expressing his joy about the end of the process for acknowledgement of heroism of the virtues of cardinal Wyszyński emphasized, that the finished work of the diocesan tribunal in Szczecin on the presumed miracle is a very clear and significant road to the beatification.

The delegate of cardinal Kazimierz Nycz – bishop professor Tadeusz Pikus, the auxiliary bishop of the Warsaw archdiocese and also a preacher of the solemn Holy Mass for a quick beatification of cardinal Stefan Wyszyński emphasized, that the Primate of Poland, whom he had known personally as a cleric, taught them love to Homeland, an attitude of distinguishing between what is divine and what is caesarian, emphasizing that one must never allow for sitting on God’s throne by what is caesarian, and he also taught a proper care about the earthly goods, and, first of all, love of eternal goods and love to another person. The primate Wyszyński never fought with anybody, but he always fought for a man, his conversion and salvation. As the preacher emphasized, not all great people are saints, but every saint is great. Prelate priest dr. Aleksander Ziejewski, a custodian of the minor basilica of St. John the Baptist in Szczecin noted that the present time is time of great hope for the future.

Moreover, the book ‘Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. Memory and gratitude on the Western Pomerania’ is inscribed in the work of the great prayer of Szczecin for a quick beatification of God’s servant cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, published by the editors Fr. Aleksander Ziejewski and Fr. Grzegorz Wejman. It is ‘a collection of articles written by prominent experts of the person of the great primate of Poland – Cardinal of Millennium Stefan Wyszyński, and also his achievements for the universal Church, the Polish Church and for the Polish nation’. (from the review of Fr. Prof. Bernard Kołodziej TChr).

A prayer for beatification of God’s servant Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński

God, the Only One in the Holy Trinity, you in your unspeakable goodness, are still invoking new apostles, so that they would bring Your Love closer to the world. Be adored for giving us providential Pastor, Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński, the Primate of Millennium. God, the source of all holiness, please, make the Church include him into the group of your saints. Please, look at his heroic faith, his full devotion himself to You, his brevity towards obstacles and persecutions, which he was suffering for the sake of your name. Remember how much the Church loved your son, how faithfully he loved the homeland and every man, defending its dignity and forgiving his enemies, overcoming evil with good. Surround your faithful servant, Stefan Cardinal with glory, who entrusted everything and himself to Mary, looking for help from her in the defense of Christ’s faith and freedom of the Nation. Father, endlessly good, make him a proponent of our matters towards you.



"Niedziela" 23/2013

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