Papal distinction of the Polish priest


Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Mieczysław Niepsuj as the Canon in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, which is one of the oldest (12th centuries) and the most prestigious chapter in the Catholic Church.  It has 24 canons appointed by Papal nomination.  Historically the chapter is associated with the Spanish monarchy.

On Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Sunday that is on November 24th, the solemn celebration of the Msgr. Niepsuj inclusion to the assembly of canons took place.  The celebration was led by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko (Archpriest of the chapter) and Archbishop Piero Marini.

Monsignor Mieczysław Niepsuj was ordained in 1968 and since the early 1980s he works in the Eternal City. For more than 35 years, he has been working at the John Paul II Foundation as Director of the Polish Home at Via Cassia 1200.

Last year, Monsignor Niepsuj was celebrating the golden anniversary of his priesthood. In addition to the liturgical functions and duties, the newly appointed canon will help to oversee the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.  We wish God’s blessing in fulfilling his service.


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