I do not have time, now I need to go to play soccer

Karol Wojtyła’s attitude as a Pope was neither the next phase of the Papacy evolution nor its new chapter.  It was a turbulent, even revolutionary breakthrough.  This has never happened before – no Pope has ever been “at hand”, none of the previous Heads of the church has demonstrated...

From Paris to Cracow and to Jasna Gora

On June 2, 1979 the plane with John Paul II landed in Warsaw. The bells were beating in all churches in Poland. After leaving the airplane, John Paul II made a greeting sign and kneeled and kissed the land. The crowds of believers welcomed him everywhere. That was exactly 40 years ago. Many people...

Fr. Sławomir Oder: From the beginning I was convinced of the holiness of John Paul II

  It has been many years, and today we see that attempts to break the John Paul II life history -notes the postulator in the canonization process of the Polish Pope.  As he adds, there is no room for “ambiguity, doubt or criticism” of the Holy Father in the documentation of the process...

The Blessed Karolina Kózka

The Blessed Karolina Kózka was born on August 2, 1898, in Poland, the Diocese of Tarnów, in the village of Wał-Ruda which then was a part of the parish of Radłów and has been included into the parish of Zabawa since 1913 – the date of its formation. She was the fourth youngest of eleven children of...

The Gospel Moves Christians from Fear to Faith

The Gospel Moves Christians from Fear to Faith Pope Francis today commented on one of the most frightening – and reassuring – Gospel passages, the day’s reading from the 21st chapter of Luke. The Holy Father’s remarks on Jesus’ discourse on the end times came before he prayed the noonday Angelus...

The spiritual life of Bishop Karol Wojtyła

A moment of silence, silentium always preceded each holy Mass. When he was going by car to visit a parish or to participate in the holy Mass, then he was always silent, he did not waste any time for chatting. He was...

Saint Marcin – patron of Europe

The oldest temple in Rome, dedicated to Saint Martin, dated on the fifth century, is “San Martino al Monti” on the Oppio Hill. In addition, many churches around the world bear his name; in France there are...

Angelus Address: On Life Beyond Death

Jesus Invites Us ‘To Think that This Earthy Dimension’ Is Not the Only One, ‘But There is Another, No Longer Subject to Death, in which It Will be Fully Manifested that We Are Children of God’ Dear Brothers and Sisters...

All Saints and All Souls Day in Lublin

 The month of November starts with the celebration of All Saints (November 1st) and All Souls Day, that is the commemoration of All the Late Faithful (November 2nd).The All Saints Day is a reminder of the truth of...

He always had a lot of patience to explain everything

That morning in the cathedral I was overtaken by a great emotion.  In a moment I was going to become a minister of Divine mysteries!  My life was going to be changed. Forever!  I clearly realized that, when I felt that...

Only I was ordinated on that day

I have received the ordination to be a priest by the unforgettable Prince Cardinal Adam Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow, on the day on which this sacrament is usually not provided.  On November 1st, we celebrate the All...

Why not me?

In the years of my youth I have witnessed enormous sufferings and painful experiences. The generation to which I belong experienced horrors of war, concentration camps, and persecution.  In my Homeland, during the...

He baptized, confirmed, ordained, confessed…

He ordained almost three thousand priests and more than a hundred bishops.  He, himself baptized, confirmed, blessed marriages, confessed.  The sacraments were an important part of his pontificate, his daily routine. ...