Catholic Church in Poland
Cardinal Stanislaw Nagy, SCJ
The 30th anniversary of the election of our fellow countryman Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who chose the name of John Paul II, falls on 16 October 2008. For the world of those days, it was sensational news; for Christianity is was a surprise; for the Catholic Church it was astonishing and for the Catholic Church in Poland and for almost the whole nation it was an epoch-making event. »
The Plenary Session of the Polish Bishops’ Conference was held in Bialystok on 26-28 September 2008. At the end of the session the bishops participated in the beatification ceremony of Fr Michal Sopocko, the confessor of St Faustina Kowalska and Apostle of the Divine Mercy. »
The way of St James, like the Cistercian trail, connects European nations to cultivate and deepen the knowledge about the common roots of our cultural identity. A Polish Way of St James, which is being reconstructed now, gives the possibility to revive the specific, experienced in contemplation, loneliness of the pilgrim movement and to play a significant role in peregrinations to the grave of this saint Apostle. »
‘Sr. Faustina Kowalska had visions and Fr Michal Sopocko was the first to believe her and began fulfilling the visions and the one who proclaimed them to the world was John Paul II.’ These words of Archbishop Edward Ozorowski of Bialystok were mentioned by Rev. Msgr Krzysztof Nitkiewicz, postulator of the beatification process of the Apostle of Mercy. »
Fr Mariusz Frukacz, Anna Wyszynska
The feast of ‘Niedziela’, which is the annual Pilgrimage of the Employees and Readers of our weekly to Jasna Gora, was celebrated for the 12th time. The pilgrimage took place on 20 September 2008 and its motto was: ‘For to me life is Christ’ (Philippians 1:21), referring to the Year of St Paul that is being celebrated in the Church. »
Karol Bialkowski talks to Fr Stanislaw Strzelecki, diocesan postulator in the process of beautification of Fr Michal Sopocko.
Fr Zbigniew Suchy talks to Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.
They leave for a year, maximally for two years. After some time they prolong their stay for another year and yet another year because the countries of the European Union still seem to be their Promised Land and working there solves their material problems. »
Fr Mariusz Frukacz
The title of the latest book by the editor-in-chief of ‘Niedziela’ Rev. Msgr Ireneusz Skubis is ‘Wymiary Kosciola’ [The Dimensions of the Church]. The book has been published in the series of the Library of ‘Niedziela’ and is a continuation of his three publications concerning the Church ‘Moj Kosciol’ [My Church] (2004) »