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One thousand years of Swiety Krzyz

Katarzyna Woynarowska

For a thousand years pilgrims have climbed Swiety Krzyz to pray in the chapel that holds the relics of the True Cross. The Benedictine monks ministered in this holy place for several centuries and nowadays the custodians of the relics are the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. In the Jubilee Year Benedict XV's announced the plenary indulgences for pilgrims coming to Swiety Krzyz and outlined the requirements to receive them. »

'I could not fail to come here'

Piotr Chmielinski, Milena Kindziuk, Artur Stelmasiak

Benedict XVI himself added a visit to the former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz. He said that he 'could not fail to come here.' The head of the Catholic Church, 'a son of the German people', prayed at the death wall, in the starvation cell of St Maximilian Maria Kolbe and before the Memorial of the Martyrdom of Nations. »

Pope's pilgrimage vs. Polish affairs

Rev. Msgr Ireneusz Skubis, Lidia Dudkiewicz, Milena Kindziuk and Artur Stelmasiak talk to Cardinal Jozef Glemp, Primate of Poland.

I would so willingly embrace each one of you!

Benedict XVI received relics of Sister Faustina, Apostle of Mercy, in Krakow-Lagiewniki. Here he met the sick, reflecting on two mysteries: the mystery of human suffering and the mystery of Divine Mercy. »

Sentimentally in Wadowice

Remigiusz Malinowski

'I could not leave out Wadowice as I make this pilgrimage in Poland following in his footsteps. I wished to stop precisely here, in the place where his faith began and matured', said Benedict XVI. »

Prayer for beatification of John Paul II

Piotr Chmielinski

'We hope, like your Cardinal Stanislaw, that in the foreseeable future we will enjoy the beatification and canonisation of John Paul II', said Benedict XVI in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. These were his first spontaneous words during his pilgrimage to Poland. »

Yes for Christ. Yes for the Church

Tadeusz A. Janusz

'The young people of John Paul II', 'The young people of Benedict XVI', 'The young people of Christ and the Church' - these words can describe the meeting of the Pope with young people in Krakow, the city's Blonie Park. The world media showed the witness of faith of young Poles. »

Benedict XVI in the Mother's house at Jasna Gora

Katarzyna Woynarowska, Fr Robert Lukaszuk, OSPPE

Benedict XVI brought a gift of two popes to Jasna Gora: two roses, which Paul VI was to give the Mother of God in 1966, the Millennium of Poland's Christianity. Then the communist government did not allow him to come to Poland. Benedict XVI conducted a Eucharistic service at the foot of Jasna Gora Hill, on the commons that were fully packed. »

Great witness of adherence to faith and to the Holy Father

Tadeusz A. Janusz

Referring to the motto of his pilgrimage to Poland the Holy Father Benedict XVI told the faithful who gathered in Holy Mass in Blonie Park on 28 May 2006, the Feast of Ascension of the Lord, 'I ask you to stand firm in your faith! Stand firm in your hope! Stand firm in your love! Amen!' »

Hot Polish May

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

This year Polish May, always saturated with Marian prayer, is filled with international events. Benedict XVI, Successor of St Peter, makes his first visit to the country of his predecessor, John Paul II. The appalling film 'The Da Vinci Code' is on in Polish cinemas. The Catholic Weekly 'Niedziela' tries to introduce and explain the meaning of these events. We have enclosed a special academic insert, which is a response to the film and the blasphemous Dan Brown's book. »

Oak of John Paul II

Wojciech Mscichowski

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of 'Niedziela' an oak was planted in the yard of our editorial office. The oak grew out of the acorn that John Paul II had blessed. »

Let us reflect before we criticise

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

Before we mindlessly hurl insults at Radio Maryja we should listen to this station. We will hear the prayer of the wounded people who trust God with their problems, we hear about helping the neighbour, about care for the homeland and about numerous other daily matters of Polish families. First of all, millions of listeners of Radio Maryja deserve respect. »

'Niedziela' as a burning torch for those who walk in darkness

Agnieszka Raczynska-Lorek

The celebration of the 80th anniversary of 'Niedziela' began in Chruszczobrod, the home parish of Rev. Msgr. Ireneusz Skubis, the editor-in-chief of the Weekly, who is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of his work for 'Niedziela'. The live broadcast of the Mass on Television Polonia made the readers of 'Niedziela' all over the world participate in the feast of the Catholic Weekly, which at Easter, the Resurrection of the Lord, started the 9th decade of its mission of evangelisation. »

Radio Maryja as the target of the media

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

We are in a special situation again: we are waiting for the first pilgrimage of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to our homeland, the government coalition is being formed and the election of local authorities is approaching. Therefore, I am surprised that almost all media in Poland, radio and television stations as well as the biggest newspapers, have launched a frontal attack against the Torun radio. Radio Maryja and Trwam TV have withstood these attacks in a rather reserved way. »

And it still makes a difference to us

At Easter, in 1926, exactly 80 years ago, the first edition of 'Niedziela' was published. The black and white paper was addressed to local readers, to the faithful of the newly erected Diocese of Czestochowa. In the year 2006 the Catholic Weekly 'Niedziela' is the biggest Catholic paper in Poland. It reaches the Polish communities in the whole world, has its own web portal, radio studio, television studio and 20 diocesan editions, including the primate Warsaw and distant America. »

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