Be open on the influence of the Holy Spirit

“And you also are witnesses” (Jn 15: 27). Enlivened by the gift of the Spirit, the Church has always been keenly aware of this duty and has faithfully proclaimed the Gospel message in every time and place. It has done so with respect for the dignity of peoples, of their culture, of their traditions.  Indeed, it knows quite well that the divine message entrusted to the Church is not hostile to the deepest human aspirations; indeed, it...

I wanted to return to Poland

Certainly, I wanted, I should have returned to Poland.  Already for many years, since 1972, I was working on the preparations for the St. Stanislaus Jubilee, to be able in 1979 to celebrate the nine hundredth anniversary of his death, and at the same time to end the synod of the Cracow’s Diocese synod.  However, all of this was not so simple.  The former government, in the political context of what was then the Soviet Union’s block, may not have...

Preparation for the 100th anniversary celebrations of the birth of John Paul II

The Washington D.C. Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation started preparations for the 100thanniversary of the birth of the Foundation’s Founder John Paul II.  Dr Mario Enzler, a former Swiss guard under John Paul II was our guest at the Polish embassy. Dr Mario Enzler who now works as a professor at Catholic University of America recalled the time when he was working at the Vatican.  He presented many meaningful moments from his work and...

From this place a huge waive came

Deeply in memory I have the meeting in Gniezno in June 1979, when for the first time the Pope from Krakow was able to celebrate the Eucharist at the Lech’s Hill, in the presence of an unforgettable Primate of Millennium, entire Episcopate, many pilgrims not only from Poland, but also from  neighboring countries.   Today, it will be nice to recall the homily delivered in Gniezno, which in a way became the program of the pontificate.  I was saying...

Ovations which sounded as an earthquake

On June 2, 1979, the Pope celebrated the first Mass at the Victory Square, where usually the main national celebrations were taking place.  Countless crowds attended the Mass.  Cardinal König described it as a true “earthquake.”  Seemingly inviolable system, which for more than thirty years had the absolute power, imposing its atheistic creed, became silent and powerless witness of preserving its ideology, in a sense its “charm.”  The regime was...

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...

“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...