Pope at Angelus

Pope at Angelus: It Doesn’t Matter Who You Know, to Get to Heaven, You Need a Good Life of Faith It does not matter who you know, it takes a good life of faith, to get you to Heaven. Pope Francis stressed this during his Aug. 25 Angelus Address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square as he reflected...

Extraordinary, unimaginable adventure

It happened on October 8, 1966.  On that day, Archbishop Wojtyła, who was already the Archbishop of Kraków called in Fr. Dziwisz.  “Please come over to me. To help me…”  He chose him as he always heard good opinions about him.  And so, from that moment their life paths crossed for good.  Fr...

Peregrination of the Triptych

God’s Providence watches over us and allows us to live a great and important moments in the Church, in the parish, in the family and our lives.  The year 2020 is the year of the Great Jubilee, exactly on May 18th, there will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Great John Paul II.  In order to...

August 22nd – Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen 

The feast was introduced by Pope Pius XII by the encyclical “Ad Caeli Reginam” (To the Queen of Heaven) issued on October 11, 1954, on the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  Already during the First Vatican Council in 1869, French...

Such a funny story, although in a very serious context

It reminds me of such a funny story, although in a very serious context.   It was probably the last visit of George Bush with the Holy Father.  I remember, that he Holy Father was quite weak, had problems with reading, speaking.  At first, he met with Bush in the library, for a private audience, in...

They were his people

There were so many young people who were born during the John Paul II pontificate and who were growing in faith experiencing that it was him (they were saying “my Pope”) who made them feel the real presence of Christ in...

The great desire and plan of John Paul II came true

Each subsequent trip to Poland was as usual – more cheerful, more joyful, lighter than all others. That’s what the other secretary of the Pope saw. We were among our own. The reactions of people were more...

Cracovia was his beloved team

–         Is it true that the Holy Father was a fan of soccer and was watching soccer games? –         He did not have much time for this, but I have to admit that he was interested and asked for the score...

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday (also known as the Feast of the Divine Mercy) is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave Day of Easter. The feast day is observed by Roman Catholic as well as some Anglicans. It is...

5th anniversary of the John Paul II Canonization

Pope Francis in his homily delivered during the canonization Mass in the Vatican said: “In his own service to the People of God, Saint John Paul II was the pope of the family. He himself once said that he wanted to be...

It was like a family, very cordial and so familiar….

When he got older, he was going for walks in Castel Gandolfo less often.  But, he did not abandon them; only he was taking a shorter paths, but he was walking. He had it in his blood.  Memories from Polish mountain...

Tatr ani Bieszczad w Watykanie nie miał.

“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...