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‘HABEMUS PAPAM!’

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We have a pope! From 13 March 2013 the 76-year-old cardinal Jorge Mario Borgoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, the primate of Argentina is the pope. The new pope took a name: Francis. This joyful statement of the cardinal Proto-deacon Jean-Louis Tauran has reached the whole world. We were witnesses of a kind of consternation which appeared among gathered believers on the St. Peter Square. »

AGAINST THE TREND OF THE CREEPING ATHEISM

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

I would like to thank You, Dear Readers of the ‘Sunday’ again, for reading our weekly. First I say ‘thank you’ to those who are engaged in distributing it. Distribution is a very important task today. Certainly, comparing various press articles, we should note that every newspaper has its profile and emphasis arranged differently on issues which are important for us. For, every editorial office has its own assumptions and preferences. »

WE CAN DO A LOT TOGETHER

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We let you know about our editorial situation in many ways. We all know, that for a long time the costs of our life – also the costs of editing the magazine – have been higher. In spite of what we hear in the enunciations of those in authority, Poles find it worse and worse to live. High unemployment makes life difficult for many families, while they should create a friendly community, developing physically, intellectually and strengthening the spirituality of their members. »

NOT AN OWNER OF THE CHURCH BUT A SERVANT

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Benedict XVI abdicated. He justified his decision with the fact that the Church needs a pastor who is younger, strong, who will undertake important matters at present, with Christ’s grace. We understand the Holy Father and we accompany Him with a prayer, however, we are still analyzing what happened with disbelief. In fact an unusual thing happened. In the last several hundred years in the history of the Church there has not been any resignation from the ministry of Christ’s vicar. »

EUROPE BETRAYS CHRISTIANS

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Dear Polish Catholics, Brothers Christians! We have found ourselves into a very difficult and specific situation. Here in the Polish Parliament strange suggestions are appearing. Their name is allegedly innocent: ‘partnership couples’. However, in fact, it is all about not only legal sanctioning people living in the so-called free couples, but about couples between two men or two women. It is absolutely a negation of biology, that is, natural law. »

THANKSGIVING FOR THE HOLY FATHER BENEDICT XVI

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Today we are coming to you, full of anxiety and deep reflection. We are looking at Peter’s boat – the boat of the Church. The helmsman of the boat – the Holy Father Beneidct XVI is leaving his paddles. He states that he is too old, tired and steering this boat is not easy. Let somebody else come, who is younger, stronger and will steer this boat further…. »

ABOUT HONESTY IN A DISCUSSION

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Once I was listening to a discussion on radio in evening hours, about the presence of the cross in the Seym. Among the representatives of various political groups, there was Roman Kotliński from the movement of Palikot, who said that MPs, who had put up the cross in the Seym, were ‘drunk’. This made the parliamentarian Jadwiga Wiśniewska (The Law and Justice Party)outraged and there was quite a firm exchange of opinions on this issue. »

‘SUNDAY’: DO NOT EXCLUDE THE TELEVISION TRWAM

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

In my mind there are still the words of cardinal Józef Glemp who used to be calling for normality in Poland at Jasna Góra, so that everything would be ordinary and logical in our country. Today, when we are looking at the past 20 years after the free elections in 1989, we are making some summaries. And a question comes to our minds: Is Poland a normal country… »

YOU WILL GIVE ME YOUR TIME AND I WILL GIVE YOU ETERNITY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

At the interface of years our thoughts are hovering around the problem of time and passing. It is impossible not to touch the issue of God who is in the category of eternity. Basically every man as a contingent being somehow stops existing and nothing does not change in the universe because of that. But on the other hand we know that God bestows the man with eternity. »

A MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENT

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

It was a real massacre of the innocent – dramatic events of 14 December 2012 in Newtown in the State of Connecticut in the USA. A 20-year-old man armed in a machine gun and two pistols entered a school and killed 20 children and 6 adults. The murderer committed a suicide. »

AT THE CHRISTMAS TABLE OF A WORD

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Today I want to prepare a long table laid with a white table cloth for all of you. It is the table of the ‘Sunday’ which is being built by this magazine, all his authors and readers. This table is long because it reaches to the hearts of all Polish readers of the ‘Sunday’ and goes through cities and villages not only of our Homeland but also many countries in which Polonia live. »

THE YEAR OF FAITH AND MY ‘I BELIEVE’

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

During a beautiful divine service in the Vatican basilica, presided by the Holy Father Benedict XVI – but also during divine services beginning the Year of Faith in our cathedrals – we were aware that something great was happening. The Pope paid a tribute to God in the only Holy Trinity and reminded us that the Holy Spirit is in the Church and everybody should open up to His action. »

SERVE TO EVERY POLISH FAMILY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Today I would like to remind towards You, Mary, about Your great servant - St. Maksymilian Maria Kolbe. This Saint martyr loved you, Mary, very much in the mystery of Your Immaculate Conception. He lived this mystery and wanted Your Name to contribute to the development of the Divine Kingdom on the earth. The guiding motto of his actions were the words: ‘Achieve the world for Christ through the Immaculate Virgin’. »

OUR ADVENT IN THE YEAR OF FAITH

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We are beginning the Advent in the Year of Faith. It is a special time of opening our eyes onto God. We realize that it is God to whom we are grateful for the existence of the world, that we have a possibility to observe His beauty and admire the wisdom of the work of creation. And one must be either naïve or very focused on oneself, in order to insist that the world has appeared from itself, that everything started to exist as a result of some explosions, but nobody can answer the question how the first particle of matter appeared and how these explosions happened. »

‘THY KINGDOM COME…’

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The question: ‘Are you a king?’ was asked to Jesus by embarrassed Pilate (see J 18.33b). Undoubtedly the question was forced. There was an accusation against Jesus and it had to be answered. So, what was simpler than asking this question to the accused. There was also the answer: - Yes, I am a king but my kingdom is not from this world (see J 18.36-37). The case was definitely settled. This man standing in front of the Pilate says that he is a king. »

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