The Los Angeles Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation

  Living outside the country, we try to maintain strong ties with the Homeland and cultivate Polish traditions.  One tradition that is especially important for us is joint singing of Polish Christmas Carols. Every year, on the first Saturday of...

The Vatican Council

At the opening of the third session of the Vatican Council Karol Wojtyła already appointed as the Archbishop, took his place closer to the altar.  This meant a transition from listening to creating that is to active participation in deliberations...

He wanted everyone to deserve a paradise

It was a genuine friendship.  Carlo Ciampi (President of Italy) called John Paul II as “his older brother.” The last time they saw each other was a few days before the Pope’s death.  Three years later, the former President of Italy...

The famous trips’ apostolate

Prayers and confession were the spiritual basis on which Father Karol, as the Vicar of St. Florian Church, conducted pastoral work with students, which at the time was a pioneering undertaking. At the same time, he maintained contacts with students...

On the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, in Continuity with Jesus’ Manifestation at Epiphany and in the Baptism at the Jordan

Jesus in Solidarity with Sinners: “God Offers His Own Son for Humanity’s Salvation”  Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! This Second Sunday of Ordinary Time is placed in continuity with Epiphany and with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The...

Tatr ani Bieszczad w Watykanie nie miał.

He puts on a cape and goes out to the terrace

It was setting the rhythm of his day.  Before the morning Mass, in his bedroom, he was praying the Rosary stretched out on the floor in the shape of a cross.  Then – private prayers and meditations in the chapel and...

“Holiness is made of love”

Said John Paul II in his homily during the Brother Albert beatification Mass in Kraków’s Błonia Park on June 22, 1983.  These words became the motto of the seminar which took place on Saturday March 30, 2019 at the...

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...