Catholic Church in Poland
Fr Zbigniew Suchy talks to Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.
Wieslawa Lewandowska talks to Fr Dariusz Cichor, a member of the Pauline Order, guide of the Warsaw Walking Pilgrimage, about the meaning of Christian pilgrimages.
Krakow is a unique sacral space in the world, which draws millions of pilgrims every year. The city of the indomitable Bishop Stanislaw, the beloved city of John Paul II, the place from which the message of Divine Mercy spreads - this is the spiritual treasury of our homeland. »
Fr Ireneusz Skubis
On 28 June we celebrate the feat of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr. This saint helps us understand theology, Christ and man better just as he helped his contemporaries. Saint Irenaeus is the patron saint of the only student center parish and the patron of the church that is being built there. »
The legendary bishop of Przemysl Ignacy Tokarczuk formed his character during the atmosphere of war, hunger, terror and provocation of two totalitarianisms. In spite of such experiences he was not afraid of telling the faithful that communism was a temporary system and the formation of the spirit should not be neglected. »
Lidia Dudkiewicz talks to Senator Czeslaw Ryszka, author of the book about the priest ‘who did not bow before the communists’.
The Reverend Monsignor Jozef Wojcik has been a living legend. 35 years ago he ‘freed’ the copy of the Miraculous Picture of Our Lady, which the communists had arrested during the visitation programme in Polish parishes. The Polish People’s Republic sentenced him 18 times for his heroic behaviour, and he imprisoned nine times. »
'Since the whole nation cannot visit her Queen at Jasna Gora the Mother of God will visit all her children, where they live, i.e. in their parishes'- said Cardinal Wyszynski, Primate of Poland, before he made his decision concerning the peregrination of the Miraculous Picture of Our Lady. »
Fr Kazimierz Bednarski
The example of the indomitable life of Fr Edward Sowula warns the young people not to treat the acts of the IPN as the only source of knowledge about people. 'Justice requires us to examine available sources - ask the people in question if they are alive, ask authentic, and not false, witnesses.' »
Rev. Msgr Ireneusz Skubis talks to Metropolitan of Warsaw Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz.
I also belong to the generation of John Paul II. Since all my life I was formed under the pontificate of John Paul II. I think that the young people who grew up during the last ten years of the suffering old Pope can also say that they are the JP2 generation providing they accept the teaching of Pope Wojtyla since this is the condition of belonging to this generation. »
Rev. Msgr Ireneusz Skubis talks to Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk, CSsR, Director of Radio Maryja.
Radio Maryja has the biggest number of listeners among Poles in the country and abroad. It owes this popularity to the 15-year-old constant formation of its listeners, faithfulness to Christian values and Polish culture. Today Radio Maryja is a media concern of a clearly Catholic character. »
One of the most beautiful statues of the Mother of God has had its home in Lesniow for 625 years. People call it 'Tenderly Smiling'. She is the Patroness of Families, those who are happy and those who have problems. Numerous miracles were described in the books of the sanctuary and lots of requests and thanksgiving were recorded. »
Fr Ireneusz Skubis
Reading the papers about the new Warsaw's Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus many people are shocked and the news makes them giddy. Some journalists state that undoubtedly Archbishop Wielgus was a collaborator of the communist intelligence services, and that he collaborated for many years. He has been most often attacked by relatively young people who have set their caps at Warsaw's prelate and want to destroy him, to humiliate him, and they robbed him of his good name long ago. »