Catholic Church in Poland
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
Fr Jan Pach, OSPPE
Jasna Gora - world known Marian shrine is also a treasury of Poland's history. Throughout centuries there were many important circumstances when Poles solemnly dedicated themselves to Mary. »
Dorota Skibinska talks to Fr Stanislaw Jarosz, OSPPE, Definitor General of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit.
We hear people complaining, criticising, judging. We are being bombarded with bad news in various media. What can I who have no influence on politics or decision-makers do when I see so much injustice, unemployment, poverty...? The Jasna Gora Sanctuary has taken the initiative 'Gift of Prayer'. »
Fr Piotr Zaborski, programme director of the Catholic Radio FIAT, talks to Bishop Antoni Dlugosz, frequent visitor of the TV programme 'Ziarno'.
Who does not know the singing bishop from the Sunday television programme 'Ziarno' [Seed]? 'Some parents are a little jealous of the sympathy the kids have for me', says Bishop Antoni Dlugosz of Czestochowa. »
Rev. Msgr. Ireneusz Skubis talks to Rev. Dr. Adam Deren, Director of Caritas Polska, and Rev. Dr. Zdzislaw Swiniarski, Vice-director of Caritas Polska.
It is hard to imagine some area of scarcity, poverty, tragedy or suffering in Poland and in the world that is left without the immediate reaction of Caritas Polska. The work of Caritas is not one spectacular media show, but it is hard work every day, work that is full of sacrifice of thousands of people. »
The people of the mountains built a chapel for the Man of the Mountains in the Beskidy Range. Today the builders of the chapel, their friends and all those who love the places, where God is so close to reach, pray for the beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II in the chapel, located on Gron Jana Pawla. »
They are living first of all for God. They pray a lot, but they also work to earn their living. They carry out many important works: proclaim the Gospel, help the poor, serve the sick, and publish religious books. On 2 February, consecrated men and women have their feast: the World Day for Consecrated Life. »