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Thirty years after the Polish ‘Habemus Papam’

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. »

On 19 October 2008 we pray for persecuted Christians

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 most beautiful way of the world

Pawel Piwowarczyk

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. »

The Apostle of Mercy was raised to the altars

Lidia Dudkiewicz

‘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. »

‘Niedziela’ at the Mother of God

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. »

Sanctity means normality

Karol Bialkowski talks to Fr Stanislaw Strzelecki, diocesan postulator in the process of beautification of Fr Michal Sopocko.

About our concern for pupils and other things

Fr Zbigniew Suchy talks to Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.

Migration – pastoral challenge for the Church in Poland

Agnieszka Strzepka

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. »

Blue is the colour of faith

Fr Pawel Rozpiatkowski

Polish piety has still a strong Marian character – results from the statistics conducted for ‘Niedziela’ among practicing Catholics by the Institute of Statistics of the Catholic Church. The favourite prayer of Catholics is the Rosary. »

Fr Ireneusz Skubis about the Church

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) »

Museum of Polish Prayer Book

Katarzyna Cinzio

The village of Parzmo, not far away from Belchatow, in the Archdiocese of Lodz. A quiet place, with a small tidy church in the middle. The body of the Servant of God Wanda Malczewska was laid in the crypt of the church. »

Journalists from China in ‘Niedziela’

Fr Mariusz Frukacz

During their visit to Poland and Czestochowa several journalists from the Association of Chinese Journalists paid a visit to the editorial board of the Catholic Weekly ‘Niedziela'. »

Good is stronger

Piotr Chmielinski

– Fears about the future of the Church are vain. She cannot be destroyed in her deepest sacramental reality’, said Archbishop Henryk Hoser, SAC, during his ingress to the office in the Warsaw-Praga cathedral on 28 June. »

Dominicantes and Communicantes

Fr Pawel Rozpiatkowski

Polish churches are still full – according to the date prepared by the Institute of Statistics of the Catholic Church, run by the Pallotine Order and directed by Rev. Prof. Witold Zdaniewicz. »

In service to truth

Urszula Buglewicz

For 90 years John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (in Polish: KUL) has cultivated the Catholic faith and adherence to the Church. It is open to all people of good will who seek wisdom, truth and universal values in life. »

Editor: Tygodnik Katolicki "Niedziela", ul. 3 Maja 12, 42-200 Czestochowa, Polska
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