Editorial

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IT IS NECESSARY TO START FROM A PARISH

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The 80s of the last century was the time when hope was domineering in Poles’ hearts. Communism was still very strong and dangerous at that time, and was armed with functionaries of the Security Office, but feeling powerful hope, the fright was not so big for us as it seemed. I remember a functionary from the Security Service who was walking along the alleys of the Blessed Mary the Virgin in Częstochowa, looking around. »

WHEN WE ARE REVILED…

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

You are blessed when you are reviled and persecuted and when they tell lies about you because of me’ (Mt 5.11). Lord Jesus says about the persecution of those who are His believers, at the time when the foundations of the Church are appearing. And here centuries are passing and we are still witnesses of the fact that the Church and Christ’s believers are being persecuted, that there are even long periods of a ruthless fight with the Church. »

A JOURNALIST CANNOT BE A JUDGE OR AN EXECUTIONER OF THE MAN

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Once I visited an Ordinary of Venice diocese in Florida. At that time we were shown photos of meetings of the pastor with diocesans. One of the photos presented the priest bishop surrounded by children – the bishop was sitting in an armchair, holding a cat on his knees. »

‘TOTUS TUUS OF FRANCIS’

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

You, the beautiful Immaculate Lady of Fatima, delighted the little shepherds: Hiacynta, Francis and Łucja – the first two have already become blessed of the Church. On the days of your apparition in Fatima in 1917, you, Mary, brought us a vision of the world and the Church. We had never been showed it in this way before. At that time, you told the children of Fatima who somehow represented us to you, how important it is to love God and start praying, especially the Rosary prayer and start penance and be converted. »

A PLANNED ATTACK OF MEDIA OF HATRED

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Pope Francis announced that on 27 April 2014 there will be a ceremony of canonization of blessed John Paul II, the pope of Poles, together with pope John XXIII. The announcement of canonization of the Polish pope made our whole country and real Poles happy, who find their new hopes and strength in this canonization of their compatriot, in order to be reborn internally and spiritually. It is a great breath of fresh air for Poles, especially the Catholics. »

WE AND THE YEAR OF FAITH

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The Year of Faith, announced by pope Benedict XVI, is coming to the end. It was a call referring to all members of the Church – clergy and secular believers. Many of us have reflected deeply on the importance of faith in our life, undertook particular resolutions and sacrifice, whereas priests were thinking on how to raise faith in the society effectively, among people interested in religion to various extent. »

ONLY A CONSISTENT FIGHT FOR CHRIST

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The pilgrimage of ‘Niedziela’ to Jasna Góra is a special day for the whole editorial team. At the time of harvest, somehow, we are bringing Mary the fruits of our work. The Catholic weekly ‘Niedziela’ with its 19 diocesan editions, and also the colourful and interesting bi-monthly ‘Moje Pismo Tęcza’ (My magazine Rainbow), edited by the Library of ‘Niedziela’ (now 314 volumes), radio recordings and films – the effect of the work of our Radio and Television Studio ... »

SHE ERECTED HER THRONE IN CZĘSTOCHOWA

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

In 2016 there are going to be the World Youth Days with the Holy Father Francis in Cracow. We hope that pope Francis will come not only to Cracow. Mass media mention various cities – Gniezno, Poznań, Warsaw. But none of journalists asks: what about Częstochowa? The Polish Home of Jesus’s Mother? Because we call Częstochowa Our Lady’s home. »

THE CHURCH ALSO ON PERIPHERIES

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The first pilgrimage of the Holy Father Francis to Brazil had many segments. First of all, it was a meeting with the youth of the world. It was a reference to what was started by our compatriot John Paul II, also a reference to the VI World Youth Days in Częstochowa in 1991. Therefore, Poland is looking at the World Youth Days in a friendly and tender way. »

A SIGN FROM CORCOVADO

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Rio together with Christ the Redeemer from the summit of Corcovado has become a city symbol of the youth and universality of the Church in the recent days. Preparations for the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro had been lasting long. As the Holy Father Francis said after his election for pope – indeed it is the end of the world. »

A SOCIAL CRY FOR NORMALITY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

In the recent months, crowds of a few thousand people have walked along the streets of many Polish cities, which wanted to shout about a very important thing to the world: that life is a valuable , the most wonderful gift, which we could ever receive, and that we must appreciate it. How beautifully it composes with what happens on St. Peter’s Square, when the Holy Father Francis leans out of his car and takes little children into his hands, blesses them and gives them a kiss in the eyes of crowds of a few thousand people from the whole world. »

THIS IS A GREAT PRIEST –THE LATE CARDINAL STANISŁAW NAGY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We hear or say the words: ‘I was lucky’ when something good happened to us, thanks to which we are internally rich and happy. There are many such events in our life. Referring to the Gospel, we can say that young men were lucky who met an excellent Interlocutor on their way one day, who was Jesus Christ. Being impressed by his person, they followed him, often shedding their blood. »

A GREAT FRIEND OF ‘SUNDAY’ PASSED AWAY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

When I received a message about the death of cardinal Stanisław Nagy, I thought about the talk with him two days earlier, that is, on 3 June, which was very friendly, conducted by Priest Cardinal with a full awareness. We were talking about his speech, planned on 16 June this year at Jasna Góra, during the Nationwide Congress of the Catholics – ‘Stop Atheism’. He was wondering what he should say. »

A MYSTERY OF ONE HEART

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The heart is a symbol of love, something which the most beautiful, the best, and also which characterizes a man the most. ‘Have heart and look into the heart’ – these are the words of a poet and a drama writer of Romanticism – Adam Mickiewicz. If we say about somebody that he has a good heart, it means he is good and will not hurt anybody – in contrary, that he will be helpful and support for somebody. »

PHILOSOPHY OF A CHILD

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The Child’s Day, being just celebrated, brings to mind the most beautiful Child’s Day, which is Christmas. The child who was born in Bethlehem, is called Jesus Christ. The crib in Bethlehem is a place of an unusual happiness, because it is a place of God’s Son, Incarnated God. »

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