Catholic Church in Poland

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Radio Maryja as the target of the media

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

We are in a special situation again: we are waiting for the first pilgrimage of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to our homeland, the government coalition is being formed and the election of local authorities is approaching. Therefore, I am surprised that almost all media in Poland, radio and television stations as well as the biggest newspapers, have launched a frontal attack against the Torun radio. Radio Maryja and Trwam TV have withstood these attacks in a rather reserved way. »

And it still makes a difference to us

At Easter, in 1926, exactly 80 years ago, the first edition of 'Niedziela' was published. The black and white paper was addressed to local readers, to the faithful of the newly erected Diocese of Czestochowa. In the year 2006 the Catholic Weekly 'Niedziela' is the biggest Catholic paper in Poland. It reaches the Polish communities in the whole world, has its own web portal, radio studio, television studio and 20 diocesan editions, including the primate Warsaw and distant America. »

Time and space of Polish Easter holidays

Danuta Nespiak

Easter is the biggest Christian holiday, is a holiday of hope; it commemorates the victory of Christ over death and sin. No philosophical system or institution of this world can cross out this truth of history. »

Vows in the period of slavery and on the threshold of freedom

Fr Jan Pach, OSPPE

Jasna Gora - world known Marian shrine is also a treasury of Poland's history. Throughout centuries there were many important circumstances when Poles solemnly dedicated themselves to Mary. »

'Let us save man with Mary'

Dorota Skibinska talks to Fr Stanislaw Jarosz, OSPPE, Definitor General of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit.

We hear people complaining, criticising, judging. We are being bombarded with bad news in various media. What can I who have no influence on politics or decision-makers do when I see so much injustice, unemployment, poverty...? The Jasna Gora Sanctuary has taken the initiative 'Gift of Prayer'. »

Television adventure of 'the Bishop of Children'

Fr Piotr Zaborski, programme director of the Catholic Radio FIAT, talks to Bishop Antoni Dlugosz, frequent visitor of the TV programme 'Ziarno'.

Who does not know the singing bishop from the Sunday television programme 'Ziarno' [Seed]? 'Some parents are a little jealous of the sympathy the kids have for me', says Bishop Antoni Dlugosz of Czestochowa. »

Great National Vows

Fr Jan Pach, OSPPE

The year 2006 is the time of great national anniversaries for the Polish people. Jasna Gora, where the kings and nation dedicated their Homeland to the Mother of God, becomes the icon of 'all that Poland is'. »

Helping every day

Rev. Msgr. Ireneusz Skubis talks to Rev. Dr. Adam Deren, Director of Caritas Polska, and Rev. Dr. Zdzislaw Swiniarski, Vice-director of Caritas Polska.

It is hard to imagine some area of scarcity, poverty, tragedy or suffering in Poland and in the world that is left without the immediate reaction of Caritas Polska. The work of Caritas is not one spectacular media show, but it is hard work every day, work that is full of sacrifice of thousands of people. »

Gron Jana Pawla II (Peak of John Paul II)

Anna Cichoblazinska

The people of the mountains built a chapel for the Man of the Mountains in the Beskidy Range. Today the builders of the chapel, their friends and all those who love the places, where God is so close to reach, pray for the beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II in the chapel, located on Gron Jana Pawla. »

If God did not exist we would not live

Piotr Chmielinski

They are living first of all for God. They pray a lot, but they also work to earn their living. They carry out many important works: proclaim the Gospel, help the poor, serve the sick, and publish religious books. On 2 February, consecrated men and women have their feast: the World Day for Consecrated Life. »

Great National Vows

Fr Jan Pach, OSPPE

The year 2006 is the time of great national anniversaries for the Polish people. Jasna Gora, where the kings and nation dedicated their Homeland to the Mother of God, becomes the icon of 'all that Poland is'. »

Green light to priests

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

Home visitation is a specific test for the priest, family and whole parish. Can we use this experience to strengthen the relationships between the parish community and its shepherds? »

Visible sign of great testimony

Tadeusz A. Janusz

On 2 January 2006, in the Krakow Archbishops' Palace, in Franciszkanska, Krakow, nine months after the death of John Paul II, the work of John Paul II Centre 'Do Not Be Afraid' was initiated and its statute signed, the work that Archbishop Dziwisz had mentioned during the Papal Days in October 2005. »

Icon instead of Nativity scene

Artur Stelmasiak

In the Eastern Orthodox Church there re no Nativity scenes: mangers or cribs, but there is a traditional icon of the Nativity before which the faithful pray, bow and which they kiss. Contemplation of the Christmas icon helps believers to understand the message of Christmas. »

Poland, patriotism, remembrance - 13 December 1981

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

In spite of the precisely planned communists' action aiming at enslaving the nation, in spite of blood and sufferings, the process of freedom, which 'Solidarity' began, could not be stopped. »

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