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...

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...