Halfway through the preparatory course

The summer course for candidates for a scholarship program at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin is mostly a time of intensive education under the guidance of experienced professors from the universities of Lublin. Young people from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine deepen their knowledge of Polish language and major subjects (biology, philosophy, history, mathematics, and English).  Beside classes, there is also time for...

Banquet in honor of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Papal Medal for Mieczysław Pająk

Tradition of the John Paul II Foundation Chapter in New York is to organize an annual banquet, during which one spiritual leader merited for Polonia and the John Paul II Foundation is distinguished.  This year, during the banquet that took place on June 2, 2019 at Princess Manor in Greenpoint, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was our Guest of Honor.  This date was special as the date exactly happened on the 40th anniversary of the first pilgrimage of...

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”...

Book fairs in Munich

The John Paul II Foundation Chapter in Munich has years old tradition to organize religious book fairs during the pre-holiday periods (during Lent and Advent).  Book fairs starts in the morning after two Masses for...

Plenary Meeting of the Polish Conference of Bishops

382 Plenary Meeting of the Conference of the Polish Bishops took place in Warsaw from March 12 to 14, 2019. The meeting was moderated by Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the Polish Conference of Bishops...

Why was John Paul II named as the Great?

Almost all Poles admire their Pope, but not only them.  On the contrary, in the world he is known as John Paul the Great and belongs (alongside Leon I and Gregory I, who lived at the turn of ancient times and the Middle...

He fully felt as a man from Rome

He ‘discovered’ Rome already as a young man, just after his ordination to the priesthood. He was sent there by his Archbishop to finish his studies.  Karol Wojtyła quickly adjusted, understood its spirit, and loved it...

“Brother, welcome among us”

It was a cold, December afternoon, when he returned there as the Pope (we are talking about the St. Francis Xavier Church, where the Holy Father prayed and heard confessions as a young priest at the time of his studies...

I think that we will do well together

I was not prepared for this; I did not graduate from any diplomatic school.  I just graduated from a standard PhD program, theology studies, He answers with disarming sincerity.  Quickly, he learned that John Paul II...