John Paul II Foundation

We were united in suffering…but the Father is saved

After a short rest, the Holy Father woke up again early in the morning.  He looked at me again, this time consciously and – unbelievable – he asked: “Did I pray the evening prayer?” He was under impression that it is still Wednesday, May 13.  The first three days were a nightmare.  The Holy Father was continuously praying.  And, he was suffering, suffering a lot.  But, even greater, this inner one, deep, which was not going away, was...

That day…doctors from the Polyclinic gave their own blood

The Pope was losing his strength, but he was still conscious.  He was making quiet each time weaker groans. And, he was praying, I heard how he prayed, saying “Jesus, Mary my Mother.”  When we got to the hospital, he lost consciousness.  It was then, when I realized that his life is actually in mortal danger.  Doctors, who were operating, revealed to me later one that they were operating with almost no faith that the patient will...

St. Peter’s Square, May 13, 1981

  Remembering the assassination attempt on Pope St. John Paul II 35 years on. On a calm and sunny May afternoon 35 years ago this Friday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope St. John Paul II was driven into St. Peter’s Square to deliver his weekly catechesis. He was going to talk about the role of work and workers to mark the 90th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, and announce the creation of what would become the...

That day… – a desperate race against time

That day?…Each time I go back to that event, I always have the same feeling; always.  I live through it from the very beginning, a moment after moment; the way as I still could not believe that it truly happened.  That there was an attempt to kill the Pope, this Pope, John Paul II, in the exact heart of Christianity. The Jeep was just ending the second lap around the St. Peter’s Square, approaching the right Colonnade, which is crowned by...

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...

A real explosion of joy

From all Easter days in the Vatican, Easter Sunday was the most Polish.  Nuns prepared festive breakfast – recalls Archbishop Mokrzycki – cold cuts, eggs, cheeses, there was short crust tart (mazurek) and Easter...

Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum

Sr Eugenia Bonetti presents her meditations for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, to take place in Rome on Good Friday. The 14 Stations highlight the victims of human trafficking, minors who are bought and sold...