John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Relic of St. John Paul II at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
A major relic of St. John Paul II visited St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on July 12 and 13, 2014, it was the second stop on its East Coast tour.
Inauguration of the John Paul II place in Aulnay sous Bois
Polonia from Aulnay sous Bois and surrounding areas (the north-eastern suburb of Paris) waited for a long time for this event. Upon three years of efforts of the Polish community, the newly elected mayor Bruno Beschizza agreed and the city council approved a new name for the church’s square – John Paul II, thus honoring this great Pole and the great Pope.
On June 15, 2014 – that is one and a half month after the memorable canonization, the historic XII-century Saint Sulpice church was filled with worshipers, mostly Poles, many of whom dressed in regional costumes and ceremonial fire uniforms. They gathered for the Mass which was celebrated by Bishop Wiesław Lechowicz, delegate of the Polish Episcopate for pastoral emigrants’ matters who was accompanied by the delegate of the Saint Denis’ Bishop, Rev. Stanisław Jeż, Rector of the Polish Catholic Mission in France; Jan Ciągło Provincial of the Society of Christ in France and Spain and also the Pastor of the Polish parish in Aulnay sous Bois; as well as other Polish and French pastors. Beautiful musical setting was provided by the polish Piast Choir under the direction of Mr. Marian Blicharz.
Presentation of the World Youth Day 2016 logo
Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists, and the theme of WYD. The logo of the 2016 World Youth Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”, chosen as the theme of the event. The image is composed of a geographical outline of Poland in which there is a Cross, symbol of Christ who is the soul of World Youth Day. The yellow circle marks the position of Krakow on the map of Poland and is also a symbol of youth. The flame of Divine Mercy emerges from the Cross, and its colours recall the image “Jesus, I trust in you”. The colours used in the logo – blue, red and yellow – are the official colours of Krakow and its coat of arms.
Foundation of John Paul II "Our Pope"
The Foundation was established as a form of thanksgiving to God for life, pontificate, and inclusion of the Polish Pope among the saints. The Foundation “Our Pope” is closely related to the shrine that is being constructed and which is devoted to John Paul II. The idea to build the shrine in honor of Saint John Paul II banded directly to the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Poland in 1999 and His visit on June 13th at the cemetery in Radzymin. Through His presence and prayer, the Holy Father wanted to pay back the debt to all who fought with the Bolsheviks’ aggressor in year 1920 and won paying for it with blood of all who died for the homeland. It was a great victory of the Polish Army, which could not be explained in a purely natural terms and was therefore called “the Miracle on the Vistula.” In 1999, during the Liturgy of the Word, John Paul II said: “Today, in a certain sense, Divine Providence assigns to the new Diocese of Warszawa-Praga the task of preserving the memory of this great event in the history of our nation and the whole of Europe”