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About pilgriming

Jerzy Andrzej Skrodzki

A pilgrimage is a long initiation; it is a period of great efforts. The pilgrimage routes, which brought about the unity of Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, are above all the paths leading to Santiago de Compostela, to the tomb of St James the Apostle (the Greater). »

Our Lady of Carmel

Pawel Kulasiewicz (L)

The Carmelite scapular bears on one side the image of our Lady of Mount Carmel and on the other side the image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Rulers and saints wore a scapular. The Mother of God herself appeared holding a scapular in Lourdes and in Fatima. The Holy Father John Paul II received a Carmelite scapular at the age of ten and wore it until his death. »

To save Europe's soul

Fr Adam Lach

For a long time Europe, although strengthened economically, has been ideologically and morally on the skids, the evidence being a peculiar resolution of the European Parliament, which reprimands Poland for its alleged racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and homophobia. In fact, the aim of the resolution was to strike the Christian vision of reality. »

Voice of Latin America

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Metropolitan of Tegucigalpy (Honduras).

Latin America is a continent of contrasts, the most visible being severe poverty and at the same time extreme riches of a very small group. This situation is a paradise for sects and left-wing ideologies. »

To experience Lwow

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

In many Poles' lives the most important events happened in Lwow [Ukrainian Lviv]]. We feel regret over this wonderful land and its wonderful people who experienced their Polish national identity in the times that required heroic attitudes. »

Great Britain

Polonia Catholic Meeting

What should be done so that the Church is not an impersonal mass of believers, this was the topic of the discussion at the annual Catholic meeting in Coventry, organized by the Polish Institute of Catholic Action in Great Britain. »

Church cannot silence the Spirit of Truth

Piotr Chmielinski, Milena Kindziuk, Artur Stelmasiak

'They try to give the impression that everything is relative: even the truths of faith would depend on the historical situation and on human evaluation. Yet the Church cannot silence the Spirit of Truth', said the Holy Father in Pilsudski Square in Warsaw. »

The Knights of Malta

For many centuries the Knights of Malta have been worldwide known for the charitable activities. Currently, the Order runs hospitals, including special hospitals for leprosy sufferers, and other centres in over 110 countries. The Knights of Malta help victims of natural catastrophes all over the world. »

'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. »

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!' »

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