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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...

March 30, 2005 – the last audience of John Paul II

“Dear friends, may friendship with Jesus, our Redeemer, always illumine your lives!” In a moment when John Paul II appeared in the window of his library, his short message addressed to young people gathered at the...

For everyone he had some nice word.

He liked to look at the sunrise.   Also for that reason, he would get up early – at 5.15 a.m., no later than 5.30 a.m.; with age, when he got older then, a little later, but again – at the latest at 6 a.m.  Then...

In those years…

This, that Karol Wojtyła will be a different Pope, as he was carrying inside the legacy of a granite faith and history often very tragic, we realized even more from his homily, which he delivered on the day of the...

REDEMPTORIS MATER

On the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Pilgrim Church “As the Council teaches, “‘The obedience of faith’ (Rom. 16:26; cf. Rom. 1:5; 2 Cor. 10:5-6) must be given to God who reveals, an obedience...

We were at his side all the time

We were from the early morning hours until late in the evenings.  We were accompanying the Holy Father from the morning Mass until the last evening hours.  We were with him all the time; when he was eating, meeting with...

March 21 -First Day of Spring

March 21 -First Day of Spring John Paul II – ENCYCLICAL “CENTESIMUS ANNUS”: “Equally worrying is the ecological question which accompanies the problem of consumerism and which is closely...