Going back home and to the ends of the world…

– Your first pilgrimage together? – To Poland in June 1997. The journey home, you can tell. Then, the year 1999, Mexico and the United States. – For the first time, what previously the Archbishop watched on TV, now, the Archbishop was able to see from the backstage. What were your impressions? – During this pilgrimage through the ocean, I thought to myself that for the 79 years-old Pope this pilgrimage is beyond his...

He was a great strategist and diplomat

Somebody masterminded a joke: “What is the difference between a Pope and the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is everywhere, and the Pope was already there.”  Then, someone repeated to another person and so it began to be repeated not only at the Vatican.  Reportedly, John Paul II also laughed at it.   The Archbishop gives a short comment:  the Holy Father had his own vision of the papacy.  He always stressed that it is important to reach out to...

The sign of the Scapular

“The sign of the Scapular” – wrote Holy Father John Paul II – “…two truths are evoked by the sign of the Scapular: on the one hand, the constant protection of the Blessed Virgin, not only on life’s journey, but also at the moment of passing into the fullness of eternal glory; on the other, the awareness that devotion to her cannot be limited to prayers and tributes in her honor on certain occasions, but must become a “habit”...

Pope’s Angelus Address: On the Parable of the Good Samaritan

“Jesus Proposed the Samaritan as Model Who, Loving His Brother as Himself, Shows He Loves” Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today the Gospel gives us the famous parable of the “Good Samaritan” (Cf. Luke 10:25-37). Questioned by a Doctor of the Law about what is necessary to inherit eternal life, Jesus invites him to find the answer in the Scriptures: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with...

When he had doubts, he was asking himself and coworkers

Karol Wojtyła had a vision of humanity and history, which allowed him to see the real causes of certain problems and situations.  This ability was associated with the fact that he was looking at everything in the perspective of faith.  He was taking everything as a sign of Divine Providence.  He tried to approach each question and solve problems in a spirit of faith and with the help of prayer.  What’s more, I have to say, that he was...

Pope Francis’ Homily at Chrism Mass

‘Here, I believe, was the beginning of clericalism: in this desire to be assured of a meal and personal comfort without any concern for the people’ The Gospel of Luke, which we just heard, makes us relive the excitement...

“Eucharist, as priesthood, is a gift from God”

“The sacrament of the Eucharist—like the sacrament of Reconciliation—was entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and has been passed down by them and their successors in every generation. At the beginning of his public...

Concentrated face, eyes almost closed…

John Paul II was hearing confessions in spite of his illness, despite his weakness, each year, on Good Friday.  He did not sit down in a confessional only on this last Good Friday, a few days before his death. –...

The eloquence of the rites of Holy Week

“In these days of Holy Week, we enter into the heart of God’s saving plan. The Church, (…), wishes to remind everyone that Christ died for every man and woman, because the gift of salvation is universal. The...

Hosanna to the Son of David

Palm Sunday or the Passion of the Lord begins the Holy Week.   On that day, we commemorate the triumphal entry of Christ the Lord to Jerusalem.  Crowds of people welcome Jesus as the Messiah and King who through the...

Pope Francis’ Homily for Palm Sunday

Pope Francis on April 14, 2019, celebrated Mass for Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. An estimated 40,000 of the faithful joined in the service, which included the blessing of palms and reading of the Passion narrative...

Emilia Wojtyła – Mom of Karol Wojtyła

Passed away on April 13, 1929… quietly, calmly, as she spent her entire life… surrounded by her loved ones, to the end trusting in Divine Mercy.   I lost my Mom before the First Communion, when I was 9 years old, and...

We ate outside under the sky from plastic plates

We were leaving in the morning just after breakfast.  Earlier, the police did an interview, prepared some secluded place where no one would interfere the Holy Father and where no one would be interfered by people who...