John Paul II Foundation

“Sing Mieciu”

When asked about the most lovable memory from those years, Archbishop Mokrzycki talks about walks which they had in gardens of the Papal summer residence.  The Holy Father was going to Castel Gandolfo after Easter, after Christmas, and for vacations, of course: at the end of July, August, and almost to the end of September.  At one time, it was after Easter, he went by himself with the Holy Father for a walk to the garden.  We approached the...

We were late the entire 20 minutes

– How Easter looked like at home? – The most family like was Sunday.  Nuns in the morning prepared breakfast:  eggs, cold cuts, cheeses, mazurek (short crust tart), Easter cakes (baby wielkanocne). There were also pisanki (Polish Easter eggs).  Nuns prepared them; everything traditional, Polish.  The Holy Father blessed the food. Then, we were breaking the eggs and exchanging wishes of health, strength, and God’s graces, as well as a...

Summary of JPII Sydney

On behalf of the JPII Chapter in Sydney, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Easter time! As President of the Sydney Chapter, I was asked by my parish priest to speak to the congregation on the state of the Catholic faith in Australia and why it was necessary for the John Paul II Foundation to exist here. There is a strong undercurrent of anti-Catholicism in the country. This is not helped by the fact that only 12% of self-proclaimed...

Easter A. D. 2019

“O sublime mystery of this Holy Night! The night in which we relive the extraordinary event of the Resurrection. If Christ were to have remained a prisoner of the tomb, humanity and all of creation, in a certain way, would have lost their meaning. But you, Christ, are truly risen.”  John Paul II April 19, 2003                      Let the time of Easter joy Fills our hearts with God’s grace, Deepening our communion with God let us with...

Holy Father’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

‘Today the Church renews the proclamation made by the first disciples: Jesus is risen!’ Pope Francis at noon on Easter Sunday gave his message “Urbi et Orbi” from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica. An estimated 70,000 pilgrims were present in St. Peter’s Square and millions more listening through radio and television around the world. Following is the Vatican-provided text of his message: Today the Church renews the proclamation made by...

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