Catholic Church in the world

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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!' »

Christian martyr in 'European' Turkey

Wlodzimierz Redzioch

The Catholic organisation Aid to the Church in Need is alarming: the times of persecutions and Christian martyrdom have returned, hostility towards the Catholic Church is increasing everywhere and Christianophobia also appears in the liberal-libertarian societies of the West. Christians' life is especially hard and dangerous in the Islamic countries. »

We are sailing across the ocean of history

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier, OP, Theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household, about the problems of the contemporary Church.

The 20th century was a period of anti-human ideologies that took a heavy toll of lives, millions of victims. On its threshold the 21st century favours the development of moral loss and manipulation of human life. What is the world without ethics heading towards? »

New Cardinals

On 22 February, on the liturgical Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals during the general audience. He said that on 24 March there would be a Consistory at which the future cardinals would receive their insignia. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow is one of the appointed cardinals. »

Polish accent in the Vatican

Rev. Dr. Ireneusz Skubis talks to Rev. Dr. Hab. Antoni Debinski, Professor of KUL, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration, Catholic University of Lublin.

The commentary on the binding law, concerning not only adjective law (rules of procedure) but also substantive law (nature and essence of sanctity) is now available on the market as the most extensive research in the field to date. »

Opus Dei - struggle for holiness

Piotr Chmielinski

Accused of sectarianism and desire to seize power over the world. Seemingly reserved, mysterious and odd. But actually simply tenacious in their daily desires for sanctity. »

Doctor of miracles

Pawel Zuchniewicz talks to Dr. Patrick Theillier

What does a miracle depend on? What is a miracle and what is not a miracle? Many people ask these questions, facing something that their minds cannot comprehend. »

Option for love

Fr Andrzej Przybylski

Pope Benedict XVI devoted his first encyclical 'Deus caritas est' to love, the most beautiful and important value. The encyclical was presented in the Vatican and in Warsaw on 25 January 2006, reminding us that before his death John Paul II began writing an encyclical about love and mercy. »

I saw people without hands, legs, eyes, faces...

Kazimierz Szalata

The face of leprosy is cruel. Six million people suffer from leprosy in the whole world. In spite of our knowledge how leprosy spreads and the discovery of effective pharmaceuticals, we record several thousand cases of leprosy every year. We are celebrating the World Day for Those Afflicted by Leprosy on the last Sunday of January. »

Every child is a holy history

Lilla Danilecka talks to Christiane and Pol-Marie.

Christine and Pol-Marie dreamt of having five children. Today they have nineteen children, including nine disabled ones. They came to Poland to encourage Polish families to adopt disabled children. »

Vatican Council II

Calendar of events

25 January 1959 - John XXIII announces his intention to call a council
25 December 1961 - the Council is called
11 October 1962 - Pope John XXIII opens the Council »

About Catholics and Muslims in the Balkans

The Peace Treaty of Dayton has failed

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo), about the difficult situation of Catholics in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

About Catholics and Muslims in the Balkans

The treaty of Dayton

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