Dear Readers of 'Niedziela',

The Archdiocese of Czestochowa has published the Catholic Weekly 'Niedziela' since 1926. At first the circulation of 'Niedziela' was small and distributed only in the diocese till the year 1939. During World War II the weekly was not published. In 1945, after the war it was distributed all over Poland but appeared till 1953 because the communist authorities suspended its publication. The break lasted till 1981. During the period of Solidarity the bishop of Czestochowa succeeded in re-establishing 'Niedziela'. Since then it has been published as the biggest Catholic weekly in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe. 'Niedziela' is read in Poland, Europe and America - practically on every continent. It has an electronic version and read in 111 countries worldwide. For several months the Russian edition, as a summary of our articles, has been published once a month. more...

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

DEFENDING HOLY SUNDAY

LIDIA DUDKIEWICZ, THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF ‘NIEDZIELA’

Definite action of the Polish Episcopal Conference, which got engaged in supporting initiatives of ‘Solidarity’, concerning restricting trade on Sunday, needs our strengthening. Specifically speaking – we must collects 100 thousand signatures. In Poland we have already been witnesses of an assassination on Sunday. »

YOUTH DAYS VERY WORLDLY

FR. PAWEŁ RYTEL-ANDRIANIK, A SPOKESMAN OF THE POLISH EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE

The meeting of the youth with pope Francis in Cracow will be a breakthrough meeting on various levels. »

REDOUBT OF THE POLISH CHURCH ON THE TIBER

ARTUR STELMASIAK

Polish Papal Ecclesiastical Institute in Rome is one the most important institutions of the Polish Church outside the borders of the Polish Republic »

THE KNIGHTS OF THE CROSS – BETWEEN A LEGEND AND THE REALITY

Włodziemierz Rędzioch talks with Bishop Bruno Platter – a great master of the Teutonic order »

TIMMERMANS

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Frans Timmermans defines himself as a Catholic politician, although he does not agree with Pope »

BEFORE BREXITEM

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Great anxiety prevailed in the EU chambers. For the day of British referendum approaching with great strides. Citizens of the United Kingdom will vote for staying or leaving the European Union. Past surveys indicated that the minimal, yet the majority wants to remain in the EU structures. »

TURKEY – A TIME BOMB WITH A DELAYED IGNITION

Włodzimierz Rędzioch talks with Massimo Introvign, a professor of sociology and religion at the Papal Salesian University, and an author of a book ‘Turkey and Europe’ and essays about the Party of Justice and Development of President Erdogan, about the complicated situation in Turkey and the role of this country in the international arena »

THE PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND IN VATICAN

EDITORS

On the 35th anniversary of the assassination on John Paul II, 13 May 2016, the prime minister Beata Szydło paid an official visit in Vatican. She participated in the Holy Mass in the intention of Homeland, celebrated at the grave of St. John Paul II and presided over by cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the former prefect of the Catholic Education Congregation. »

MERCIFUL JESUS CAME OUT ONTO STREETS OF VILNUS

Catholic News Agency

The Secretary of the Holy See cardinal Pietro Parolin went to Vilnus on 6 May 2016. He was a personal papal legate at the National Congress of Mercifulness in Lithuania, which was the central event of ceremonies in the present Holy Year of Mercifulness in Lithuania. The Lithuanian Congress ended on 8 May with the Holy Mass on the Cathedral Square in Vilnus. »

HOME OF JOHN PAUL II

MARIA FORTUNA-SUDOR

When we started building the Centre of John Paul II ‘do not be afraid!’, cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz said: ‘Let’s build home for John Paul II!’. It is the home of the Polish Pope – assures prelate priest Jan Kabziński, a bishop’s vicar, a custodian of the sanctuary of St. John Paul II »

THE CONFESSIONAL FOR NECESSARILY NEEDED

LIDIA DUDKIEWICZ, THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF ‘NIEDZIELA’

We remember tension during a synod of bishops concerting family, and then impatiently waiting for the papal post-synod document. And we lived to. The exhortation of the Holy Father Francis "Amoris laetitia" was published. This, however, did not end the discussion, but gave the beginning for speculations based on different interpretations of the papal document. »

PLAN B

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI 

I was returning to Poland by plane from Strasbourg, with a stopover in Frankfurt. A huge airport, lots of TVs, and news live on them. I spoke Angela Merkel, and beneath the screen bar with its main written message: "House of Europe remains open." This meant that Germany was going further. »

TERRIBLE EIGHT YEARS

MICHAŁ KANIOWSKI, THE AUTHOR IS A JOURNALIST OF THE WEEKLY ‘W SIECI’ AND PORTAL WPOLITYCE.PL

It was like 100 shocking sensational covers of newspapers on one day – it was how a known journalist commented on a report about the state of the country after governments of he Civic Platform party and Polish People’s Party, presented in the Seym by the prime minister Beata Szydło. »

UNITY OF EUROPE

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Relocation of 160 thousand refugees, imposed by Germany on all EU countries nearly by force, got stuck in a dead point. »

EVERY FIFTH PRIEST WAS KILLED

FR. PAWEŁ RYTEL-ADRIANIK, THE SPOKESMAN OF THE POLISH EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE

Every fifth diocesan priest in Poland was murdered during the Second World War (about 2 thousand among 10 thousand). There were such dioceses, like diocese of Gniezno, Włocławek or Chełmno, from which every third or second priest was killed only because he was a Catholic priest. Moreover, over 600 monks and nuns were killed. »

MAY CONFRONTATIONS

JAN ŻARYN

Beginning with the year 1945, members of the Polish Labour Party read their party’s instructions carefully, according to which 1 may – the Labour Day – was to symbolize the victory of ‘people’s democracy’, whereas the day of 3 May, despite being officially celebrated, was to be evaluated negatively in propaganda, as religiosity and backwardness. »

CONSTITUTION IN THE SHADOW OF TARGOWICA

SŁAWOMIR BŁAUT

Confederation of Targowica – the symbol of betrayal, the end of dreams about the great work of the Constitution of 3 May. To request of reforms opponents, foreign armies overwhelmed the Polish Republic. It was so 225 years ago under the motto ‘freedom defence’ when there were attempts to maintain privileges, maintain lawlessness, defend self-interest »

OUR NATIONAL DNA

LIDIA DUDKIEWICZ, THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF ‘NIEDZIELA’

Important things took place in Poland: on 3 May 2016 at Jasna Góra, where Polish bishops entrusted the Nation to Our Lady anew and on 8 May 2016 on Skałka in Cracow, to where saints of Cracow altars in their relics got in a procession from Wawel, and whose fates history of Poland is written with. »

CHURCH IN NUMBERS AFTER 1050 YEARS

FR. PAWEŁ RYTEL-ANDRIANIK, A SPOKESMAN OF THE POLISH EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE

‘Poles did not only accept Christianity, but they also created and create it’ – wrote Polish bishops in a message after the last plenary meeting. It is seen in various areas of religious and social life. »

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN POZNAŃ AS A FUNDAMENT FOR GENERATIONS

ELŻBIETA KRAWCZYK

The beginning of the Polish statehood and its significance for today were emphasized both by priests and politicians. »

‘SMOLEŃSK’ BY KRAUZE WILL NOT DISAPPOINT

When on another, the sixth anniversary of the Smoleńsk tragedy, we were standing with our friends on Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw, as usually, one of the issue of our talks was the film ‘Smoleńsk’ by Antoni Krauze. One could feel more concerns. The image was about to come out onto screens, but it will not – as the premiere was canceled the last minute. »

IN THE CRADLE OF OUR LIFE FOR EVER

LIDIA DUDKIEWICZ, THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF NIEDZIELA

In the year 966 Chirst entered our history in order to stay in it for ever. Great thanksgiving for the 1050th anniversary of Poland Baptism took place between Ostrów Lednicki, Gniezno and Poznań – where the cradle of Poland is. The call of the jubilee celebration: ‘Where Baptism, hope is there’ is not being brought into the future. »

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY’S SESSION ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE 1050TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAPTISM OF POLAND

ANDRZEJ DUDA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

The Baptism of Duke Mieszko I is the most important event in the entire history of the Polish state and nation. I do not say it was, I say it is for the decision taken by our first historical ruler had predetermined the whole future to come for our country. »

A BULLET IN THE FENCE

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

After the terroristic assassinations in Paris, the European Commission decided to make provisions concerning fire weapon stricter. In fact this policy leads to a serious restriction of selling personal, hunting and sport weapon. The project raises great controversies and emotions. »

EUROPE, THAT IS, WHAT?

GRZEGORZ GÓRNY

We can often hear a statement that we, Europeans, live in the western civilization. However, what is this West? »

ASKING PEOPLE

MIROSŁAW PIOTROWSKI

Feeling deceived, the German society begins to turn away from the biggest traditional political formations »

GATE OF POZNAŃ – DISCOVERING HERITAGE

MAŁGORZATA SZEWCZYK

A gate of Poznań is connecting historical knowledge, multimedia Technologies and modern narration, and everything is closed in a Simple modernistic building, situated directly at a river. It is a story about the beginnings of the Polish country, people and events which were permanently inscribed in the history of Poland »

FROM OCEAN TO OCEAN

ANNA WYSZYŃSKA

It was a freezing cold, although sunny morning. 30 January 2012 the copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa was leaving the monastery at Jasna Góra, in order to set off to the East on a further pilgrimage. »

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Editor-in-chief: Lidia Dudkiewicz • Translation: Aneta Amrozik • E-mail: redakcja@niedziela.pl