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...

Cracovia was his beloved team

–         Is it true that the Holy Father was a fan of soccer and was watching soccer games? –         He did not have much time for this, but I have to admit that he was interested and asked for the score...

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday (also known as the Feast of the Divine Mercy) is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave Day of Easter. The feast day is observed by Roman Catholic as well as some Anglicans. It is...

5th anniversary of the John Paul II Canonization

Pope Francis in his homily delivered during the canonization Mass in the Vatican said: “In his own service to the People of God, Saint John Paul II was the pope of the family. He himself once said that he wanted to be...

It was like a family, very cordial and so familiar….

When he got older, he was going for walks in Castel Gandolfo less often.  But, he did not abandon them; only he was taking a shorter paths, but he was walking. He had it in his blood.  Memories from Polish mountain...

Tatr ani Bieszczad w Watykanie nie miał.

“Sing Mieciu”

When asked about the most lovable memory from those years, Archbishop Mokrzycki talks about walks which they had in gardens of the Papal summer residence.  The Holy Father was going to Castel Gandolfo after Easter...

We were late the entire 20 minutes

– How Easter looked like at home? – The most family like was Sunday.  Nuns in the morning prepared breakfast:  eggs, cold cuts, cheeses, mazurek (short crust tart), Easter cakes (baby wielkanocne). There...

Summary of JPII Sydney

On behalf of the JPII Chapter in Sydney, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Easter time! As President of the Sydney Chapter, I was asked by my parish priest to speak to the congregation on the state of the Catholic...

Easter A. D. 2019

“O sublime mystery of this Holy Night! The night in which we relive the extraordinary event of the Resurrection. If Christ were to have remained a prisoner of the tomb, humanity and all of creation, in a certain way...

Holy Father’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

‘Today the Church renews the proclamation made by the first disciples: Jesus is risen!’ Pope Francis at noon on Easter Sunday gave his message “Urbi et Orbi” from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica. An estimated...