Life as mission and as gift

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on World Mission Sunday. In his homily, he challenges us to reflect on the meaning of our mission.In 1926, Pope Pius XI decided the Church needed a special day on which to pray for missionaries, and to renew her commitment to the missions. Today, World Mission Day is celebrated on the penultimate Sunday in October, all around the globe, as a sign of support and...

The election of the Polish Cardinal as the head of the Catholic Church was a big shock

For the entire Communist world, the election of the Polish Cardinal as the head of the Catholic Church was a big shock.  And, especially that Cardinal!  In Warsaw, there was a meeting of the Central Committee of the PZPR and one of the leaders, hearing the name of Karol Wojtyła in the phone, upset cursed.  In the Kremlin and in the other capitals of the Empire for a week there was an amazing...

Today, October 16, is the 41st anniversary of the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as pope.

Card. Karol Wojtyła was elected pope on Monday, October 16, 1978, on the second day of the conclave at 18.18. The Metropolitan of Kraków became the 262nd successor of Saint Peter.

Celebrations of St. Francis of Assisi in Malesia

On September 28, 2019 in Selangor, in the suburbs of the big city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the St. Francis of Assisi Church, a Novena prayer was ongoing for nine days. The prayers were preparing the parish for the celebrations related to the Founder of the Franciscan Order.  The Novena prayer ended on October 6th with a solemn Mass celebrated by most Rev. Julian Leow Beng Kim.Every day, in the...

Papal Day in Munich

The Papal Day is the main celebration of the year for which the Munich Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation prepares with a great attention.  The 19th Papal Day was celebrated with the motto: “Rise, and let’s go.”  That day went by at our parish in a special atmosphere of homage and thanksgiving for the gift of this extraordinary pontificate of the Polish Pope.  On Friday preceding the Papal...

Pope John Paul II visit to Knock Shrine – Ireland

On a misty Autumn morning in 1979 the Aer Lingus flagship descended in Dublin. On board was the First Pope ever to visit our shores, Ireland known as the Land of Saints and Scholars. People from all walks of life and...

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...