He was a great strategist and diplomat

Somebody masterminded a joke: “What is the difference between a Pope and the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is everywhere, and the Pope was already there.”  Then, someone repeated to another person and so it began to be repeated not only at the Vatican.  Reportedly, John Paul II also laughed at it.   The Archbishop gives a short comment:  the Holy Father had his own vision of the papacy.  He always stressed that it is important to reach out to...

The sign of the Scapular

“The sign of the Scapular” – wrote Holy Father John Paul II – “…two truths are evoked by the sign of the Scapular: on the one hand, the constant protection of the Blessed Virgin, not only on life’s journey, but also at the moment of passing into the fullness of eternal glory; on the other, the awareness that devotion to her cannot be limited to prayers and tributes in her honor on certain occasions, but must become a “habit”...

Pope’s Angelus Address: On the Parable of the Good Samaritan

“Jesus Proposed the Samaritan as Model Who, Loving His Brother as Himself, Shows He Loves” Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today the Gospel gives us the famous parable of the “Good Samaritan” (Cf. Luke 10:25-37). Questioned by a Doctor of the Law about what is necessary to inherit eternal life, Jesus invites him to find the answer in the Scriptures: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with...

When he had doubts, he was asking himself and coworkers

Karol Wojtyła had a vision of humanity and history, which allowed him to see the real causes of certain problems and situations.  This ability was associated with the fact that he was looking at everything in the perspective of faith.  He was taking everything as a sign of Divine Providence.  He tried to approach each question and solve problems in a spirit of faith and with the help of prayer.  What’s more, I have to say, that he was...

John Paul II saved our child. It was a miracle! (Testimony)

For a long time, my husband and I were trying to have a second child.  Our efforts were failing.  So, I decided to change my priorities. I changed jobs and started a specialist course.  Now, it certainly was not the time to get pregnant.  After 6 months on my new position, I was able to take vacations and go for scheduled appointment with a gynecologist.  And… CONGRATULATIONS!!! – said the doctor after the examination.  The world stopped for a...

Sacred Heart of Jesus

“I, therefore call all the faithful to continue to cultivate the cult of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, adjusting it to our times, so that they can continue to draw from His unfathomable richness and know how to respond to...

He needed them as much as they needed him

There was no preferential treatment… He was telling them about true values, not rotten compromises.  He was describing ideals which they should try to reach and he made them willing to achieve the goals.     It...

A colleague told me a remarkable story

-John Paul II did miracles… – My colleague with whom I was studying in Italy, from Sicily, one day asked me to pass a request to the Holy Father for a prayer for a successful operation of his mother.  I passed the...

He wanted to talk to them; they wanted to listen to him

At the end of Archbishop Mokrzycki’s recollections from pilgrimages to Poland, he recalls a history from the pilgrimage from the next to the last one.  In the year 1999, when John Paul II was spending a night at the...

John Paul II was a man of great love

Events related to life and service of St. John Paul II recalled in a special testimony Arturo Mari, Papal photographer, who on June 8th was in Auschwitz as a special guest of the celebrations related to the...

Corpus Christi

“Today the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is being celebrated. The Christian community gathers around the Eucharist and in it adores its most precious treasure:  Christ really present under the appearances of bread and...

By the footsteps of St. John Paul II

In the days of May 25-26, 2019, scholarship recipients of the John Paul II Foundation Warsaw Chapter went on a pilgrimage to the Devine Mercy Sanctuary of John Paul II in Krakow, to the Benedictine Sisters Abbey in...

Friendly hearts

  On Friday, 14 June 2019, at the John Paul II Foundation House in Lublin, took place a meeting of scholarship holders with the Friends and Benefactors of the Foundation. We hosted Valentine Demole, the President...