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...

Renew the face!

On April 2, 2019 it was the 14th anniversary of the Holy Father’s John Paul II, the Patron and Founder of our Foundation, return to the Home of the Father.  This year’s anniversary celebrations were held under the motto...

A dream that will never come true

In Castel Gandolfo, not only religious songs were sung.  When to the summer residence, friends from Poland were coming; it was the tradition of long summer evenings to jointly sing patriotic songs.  The Holy Father...

“Barge” – the favorite song of John Paul II

The favorite song of John Paul II is a loose translation from Spanish.  The Polish version was written in 1974 or in 1975.  Fr. Szmidt wrote the words for the song “Barge” inspired by a Latin American song with a...

I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO REMEMBER REALLY ALL

Friday was a day of prayer. We were celebrating a Mass, Stations of the Cross, the Third Hour of the Liturgy of the Hours.  Taduesz Styczeń, a close friend of Karol Wojtyła, read a few passages of the Gospel.  The Holy...

Pope John Paul II Day in Canada

Officially approved by the Canadian Government, April 2nd is Pope John Paul II Day throughout Canada. The Friends of the John Paul II Foundation organized a dinner commemorating this grand occasion. The attendees...

14th anniversary of death of St. John Paul II

TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II Totus Tuus ego sum In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity. Amen. “Watch, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Mt 24: 42) – these...

A CLOTH

That was the last time I saw his face.  To tell the truth, I have seen it hundreds of times, at any time, any day, …through the eyes of faith… and of course, through the eyes of my heart and my memory.  Also, I still...

Confessions of the Papal photographer Arturo Mari

Papal photographer Arturo Mari confessed that at the side of John Paul II he experienced many wonderful, but also difficult moments of his life.  These include the time of the Pope’s departure to the House of the Father...