John Paul II Foundation

We were united in suffering…but the Father is saved

After a short rest, the Holy Father woke up again early in the morning.  He looked at me again, this time consciously and – unbelievable – he asked: “Did I pray the evening prayer?” He was under impression that it is still Wednesday, May 13.  The first three days were a nightmare.  The Holy Father was continuously praying.  And, he was suffering, suffering a lot.  But, even greater, this inner one, deep, which was not going away, was...

That day…doctors from the Polyclinic gave their own blood

The Pope was losing his strength, but he was still conscious.  He was making quiet each time weaker groans. And, he was praying, I heard how he prayed, saying “Jesus, Mary my Mother.”  When we got to the hospital, he lost consciousness.  It was then, when I realized that his life is actually in mortal danger.  Doctors, who were operating, revealed to me later one that they were operating with almost no faith that the patient will...

St. Peter’s Square, May 13, 1981

  Remembering the assassination attempt on Pope St. John Paul II 35 years on. On a calm and sunny May afternoon 35 years ago this Friday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope St. John Paul II was driven into St. Peter’s Square to deliver his weekly catechesis. He was going to talk about the role of work and workers to mark the 90th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, and announce the creation of what would become the...

That day… – a desperate race against time

That day?…Each time I go back to that event, I always have the same feeling; always.  I live through it from the very beginning, a moment after moment; the way as I still could not believe that it truly happened.  That there was an attempt to kill the Pope, this Pope, John Paul II, in the exact heart of Christianity. The Jeep was just ending the second lap around the St. Peter’s Square, approaching the right Colonnade, which is crowned by...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a mystery of joy! The Church shares in this same joy, surrounded by the light of the Son of God. It is the glory of the Eternal Word, who out of love has become one of us. John Paul II, December 25, 2002...

Christmas meeting at the John Paul II Foundation Home

Christmas meetings at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin are a beautiful tradition which every year gathers alumni, scholarship recipients and guests of the Foundation.  This year’s Christmas Wafer meeting...

Akatyst in the Chapel of the Women Dormitory

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in the women dormitory at Poczekajka, an Akatyst was performed in honor of the Mother of God. At 9:30 p.m. in the chapel of the students’ house young people...

God, Honor, Homeland

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. On this occasion, the Foundation’s scholarship recipients and guests of our House gathered at a Mass...

Wspomnienie św. Jana Pawła II

Remembrance of Saint John Paul II

On Monday, October 22, 2018, scholarship recipients, residents and guests of the John Paul II Foundation Home gathered in the Chapel to celebrate the liturgical remembrance of St. John Paul II.  It is a very important...