Delegation of the Polish government at the tomb of John Paul II

A holy Mass was celebrated at the tomb of John Paul II for the Polish government delegation participating in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victorious battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, anniversary ceremonies were held, in which delegations from Poland also participated. Among them was a delegation of the Polish government along with several senators and...

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...

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...