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...

“Papal Sunday” in Hamburg

The election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Krakow to the Peter’s Seat on October 16, 1978, was an extraordinary experience in Poland and in the world.  For the first time, in the last 450 years, a non-Italian...

Homage Concert to St. John Paul II and Homeland

Participating in the celebrations of the 100 anniversary of Poland regaining independence, the John Paul II Foundation New York Chapter organized a vocal-music concert entitled: “Guard your Homeland as previous...

The John Paul II Foundation Chapters Presidents Meeting

On April 20-21, 2018 in Rome took place the meeting of the presidents of the John Paul II Foundation Chapters spread all over the world.  It was a wonderful time filled with joint prayer, formation meeting, as well as...