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A WORD FROM FR. EDITOR IRENEUSZ SKUBIS

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ, Honoured chief editor of ‘Niedziela’

Dear Readers, I would like to inform you that having reached the age of 75 years last year and a request addressed to the metropolitan of Czestochowa archbishop Waclaw Depo for dismissing me from the post of the chief editor of ‘Niedziela’, I am going to be its honoured editor. So, I will let myself reminisce my work on the post of the chief editor of ‘Niedziela’. »

MOTHER OF GOOD ADVICE, BELOVED QUEEN OF POLAND!

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

From the reflections of the Appeal Prayer on 17 June 2014 »

CLAUSE OF CONSCIENCE – ANNEX OR THE FIRST DUTY?

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

On the occasion of canonization of blessed John Paul II, dr. Wanda Półtawska wrote an open letter to catholic doctors and students of medicine in Poland, suggesting the so-called Faith Declaration of doctors in the subject of sexuality and human fertility. »

WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SERVING TO YOU FOR 33 YEARS

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

It has been the 33rd anniversary of renewal of publishing ‘Niedziela’, and, in fact, starting the editorial-publishing work from the basis – after 28 years of its non-existence caused by decisions of the communist authorities, it was not possible to base on anything, I have been running this weekly for 33 years as its editor-in-chief, and what stands out in my reflection in the foreground today is the feeling of gratitude. »

IT IS IMPORTANT WHAT ONE REPRESENTS

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

I received a phone call from my student from the archdiocese of Katowice in whose family both ‘Niedziela’ and ‘Gość Niedzielny’ are read. And her daughter read an interview with the parliamentarian Jadwiga Wiśniewska in ‘Niedziela’ promoting her for the European Parliament. She is a person whom I have known for a long time and respect, because, among the others, she clearly opts for Christian values, for right to life from conception to natural death. »

IT IS NOT AN INSULT ANY MORE, IT IS A FELONY

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

I wonder how it is possible that in the civilizational country in central Europe, a Catholic country, on TV broadcasting its programmes for millions of viewers, someone could impudently say about very respected priests, including bishops, that they are pedophiles. After all, in this way, one can accuse each of us of the worst crimes! But it took place on TVN 24, in the programme of Mrs. Monika Olejnik. »

QUEEN OF PEACE, QUEEN OF FAMILIES, QUEEN OF POLAND

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We are coming to You, attracted again today by the papal ‘Totus Tuus’. Yours and also our New Saint – John Paul II has marked again his person strongly in the heart of the Church. He was born as a Saint together with St. John XXIII, the initiator of the Vatican Council II, he was recognized beside the theologian genius of the senior pope Benedict XVI, and pope Francis, collecting crumbs of God’s Word and he will express his presence in the liturgy of the universal Church. »

AFTER BAPTISM – SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION, THAT IS, TIME OF TRIAL

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Thinking about homeland on the day commemorating one of the main patrons of Poland – St. Stanisław the Bishop and Martyr, it is important to touch on turbulent history of Homeland, as well as people, monuments of history. It is not easy to reflect also on the final time marked with tragic helplessness towards all this which could have been our victory… »

SIGNPOSTS OF THE CONTEMPORARY TIMES

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The sky over Ukraine, over Europe flared. The world was overwhelmed by anxiety, because every conflict, smaller or bigger, local or spreading in bigger territories, causes fear and anxieties. We know from history what fear people were experiencing before the year 1939. And a terrible war came, which touched many countries, particularly our Homeland. At least 50 million people were killed! This was a real tragedy for humanity. »

MARKED WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE RISEN

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

He has risen and is with us!- it is an incredible event. Jesus died in the eyes of everybody. He died on the cross, suffering terribly, left by his disciples. So, his appearance as still alive was something incredible. And he does not only say: I am with you!, but he behaves like an alive man: he eats with disciples and drinks and shows them his wounds. And he is also full of unusual power and strength. »

DELIGHTED WITH LOVE, ENLIVENED BY YOUTHFULNESS

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Recently I have received a very joyful telephone call: -Dear Priest, some girls of various ages arrived in our convent house – after the primary school, after junior high schools, after the secondary school, there are also students among them. It is a Catholic scouting – girl guides being created in Poland. In our town they have their scouting trainings but I notice that they are somehow different: they often use our chapel, pray a bit longer, they have a different behavior, different faces, eyes, joyful smile… »

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? »

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. »

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? »

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. »

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