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The Feast of the Eucharist

Krzysztof Poroslo, seminarian

In one of his publications Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) defined the Eucharist as ‘the feast of faith’; faith in the real presence of Christ, in his resurrection and in making this paschal mystery manifest in the liturgy. »

Saint Father Pio – a sign and challenge

Rev. Msgr Ireneusz Skubis talks to Fr Gracjan Majka, a Capuchin.

Recently you have written about the opening of the tomb of Saint Father Pio. We all worship this Saint. Tell us please the story of the exhumation of this holy Stigmatic? »

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

A World Day of Prayer for the Church in China will be celebrated on 24 May 2008 in Poland and in the world for the first time. This is the answer to the request of Benedict XVI expressed in his message to the Chinese faithful. »

The part-glass coffin of Father Pio

Milena Kindziuk

Particular saints had different gifts during their lives but each had slightly different ones. After death the bodies of some saints could be preserved, which does not mean that the saint whose body was not deteriorated is holier than other. »

The tomb of Father Pio was opened

Fr Gracjan Majka, OFMCap

On the Feast of Epiphany, 6 January 2008, Archbishop Domenico D’Ambrosio who had been the president of the Work of Father Pio, the Padre Pio Foundation ‘Home for the Relief of Suffering’ since 8 March 2003, i.e. for five years, and Director of the Padre Pio Prayer Groups, celebrated an evening Mass in the Capuchin Church of St Mary of Grace in San Giovanni. »

Apostle to the lepers

Kazimierz Szalata

Follereau understood very quickly that the existence of leprosy in the poorest regions of the world was conditioned by other kinds of leprosy that afflicted rich countries. »

Boys who made their homes in the street

Malgorzata Cichon

Those who have come here recently are still like wild cats. They have that in their eyes: half-closed, distrustful... They often lie on the concrete, hide in some nooks under the wall. »

The Church Anno Domini 2007

Milena Kindziuk

The document ‘Spe salvi' is said to be a small encyclopaedia of great hope. It is the second encyclical of this Pope. According to Rev. Professor Henryk Seweryniak from Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, ‘Spe salvi’ was written by ‘the contemporary father of the Church, the wise man who can answer the questions of the present times’ and by someone who shows God as the only and ultimate source of hope. »

The world full of Christmas

Dominik Jabs

When we sit at the table on Christmas Eve in Poland, the Catholics in distant Japan have already attended Midnight Mass. And so did the inhabitants of Christmas Island in the Pacific. But people in California are buying Christmas trees... »

The Nobel Peace Prize for Al Gore is a real scandal

Antonio Gaspari, President of the movement Cristiani per l’ambiente [Christians for the Natural Environment], is against the decision to give the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore, the American politician who has started a war against the unborn children and family, claiming that he protects the natural environment. »

And I am dreaming of Africa

Katarzyna Woynarowska

Every trip outside the parish is prepared according to a certain scenario. Celebrations are conducted under the trees. Huge, monumental trees are good for sacred functions. And they give some shadow. But before the Eucharist begins the priest sits under the tree and hears confessions. »

India - increasing wave of Christians’ persecutions

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Reverend Monsignor Felix A. Machado, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, about the situation of the Catholic Church in India.

We follow Polish immigrants

Rev. Monsignor Ireneusz Skubis talks to Bishop Colm O'Reilly of Ardagh and Clonmacnois about the Polish immigration in Ireland.

What future of the Church in China?

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Fr Angelo Lazzarotto, Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

Holy Father, be still close to us!

Monsignor Ireneusz Skubis talks to Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, Archbishop Coadjutor of Lviv.

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