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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...

Liked the most….

After suppers, the Holy Father was going to his office. Until 9 – 9.30 p.m. he was still working. He was reading, writing, and composing documents. Around 10 -10.30 p.m., just before bed, he was going to the Chapel. It...

Saint Joseph a craftsman

Characteristic features of Saint Joseph include entrusting to God, humility, and servitude. The name Joseph means “God has added”. Bethlehem was the city of his origin. He lived in Nazareth in Galilee. He...

They were his people

There were so many young people who were born during the John Paul II pontificate and who were growing in faith experiencing that it was him (they were saying “my Pope”) who made them feel the real presence of Christ in...

The great desire and plan of John Paul II came true

Each subsequent trip to Poland was as usual – more cheerful, more joyful, lighter than all others. That’s what the other secretary of the Pope saw. We were among our own. The reactions of people were more...