Introduction by Paul Hensler: Father Popieluszko was wrapping a few meager Christmas presents in his apartment on December 13, 1982, the first anniversary of martial law. Small gifts to be distributed to the families of political prisoners and the few shut-ins who lived close to his church. The Secret Police could silence Popieluszko, stopping his monthly masses either directly by building up criminal charges against the priest, or by stealth, by demonstrating that the he was in so much personal danger the Church should transfer him. Perhaps to Rome, perhaps to the countryside, far away from workers from intellectuals and from Solidarity. They decided on the third option, scare him, show the Church that he was in grave danger. They delivered an early Christmas present to Father Jerzy on December 13th, a half-stick of dynamite, tied to a brick, wrapped in Christmas paper and thrown through Father Popieluszko’s apartment window. Father Jerzy was not hurt as the bomb landed behind his bookshelves and went off with a dull thud. The only damage was a burn hole in the carpet and a lot of smoke. “In the beginning of 1982 we really didn’t think the priest was in danger”, says Karol Sadurski of the Huta Steel Mill, “But the first attack on Father Jerzy’s life in December 1982 and that was a first warning sign that his life was in peril. We took turns watching him, and guarding his flat – that was the moment we decided he needed protection.” Holy Mass for the Fatherland on […]
October 19th, 2015 marked the 31st anniversary of Bl. Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko’s kidnapping and brutal murder at the hands of the Polish police. His death was remembered all around the world. Catholics gathered in Poland and around the world to commemorate his death and the beginning of his road to sainthood. In Poland the newly elected President Andrzej Duda and his wife, payed respects to the chaplain of solidarity at mass and placed a wreath in his memory at his grave site. As the country pays tribute in the form or prayers, performances and more Poland still remembers the great sacrifice of Bl. Fr. Jerzy. Andrzej Duda takes a moment to pay respects after laying a commemorative wreath at the grave site of Bl. Fr. Jerzy on the 31st Anniversary of his death.
Prayers, Performances and more in Poland to Commemorate 31st Anniversary of His Death. A young Polish pro-Solidarity priest, the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, is abducted and murdered by Communist secret police. Poland commemorates his death with prayers, church services and the airing of Messenger of the Truth. The President of Poland will lead the 31st anniversary commemoration ceremonies that will last a few days. President Duda will take part in mass and then lay flowers at Father Jerzy Popieluszko’s grave-site. Poland pays tribute to slain ‘Solidarity priest’ Popiełuszko Five years ago Fr. Jerzy was declared ‘Blessed‘ by the Roman Catholic Church with his beatification and start of the path to sainthood. As many anxiously await the future of Bl. Fr. Jerzy Popieluzsko we continue to follow him on his road to sainthood. Polish Television airs tonight an American documentary entitled “Jerzy Popieluszko. Messenger of the Truth”. Based on the book “The Priest and the Policeman” by John Moody and Roger Boyes, it was directed by Tony Haines and written and produced by Paul Hensler, who began his career in Hollywood working on films such as “Apocalypse Now” and “The Deer Hunter”. – See more here.
Introduction by Paul Hensler: Month after month the secret police maintained their pressure on Father Jerzy. Every time he delivered the sermon at a mass for the Fatherland the SB would deliver another dose of harassment; his tires were slashed, his car splashed with paint and police vehicles would sit outside the rectory every night , rev their engines and sound their sirens every hour on the hour. It was not only Father Jerzy who suffered from lack of sleep and flat tires. The same was happening to His pastor Father Bogucki and the resident priests and nuns who lived in and near the rectory. The police could silence Father Popieluszko either directly by building up criminal charges against the priest, or by stealth, by demonstrating that the priest was in so much personal danger the Church should transfer him. Perhaps to Rome, perhaps to the countryside, far away from workers, from intellectuals, and from Solidarity. In response to all of the Communist Government’s tactics, Father Jerzy Popieluszko delivered the following sermon at the mass for the fatherland on September 26, 1982. [Opening Remarks] We stand today with the crucifix in our hand at the Mass for Our Fatherland and for those who suffer injustice in our land. This way we want to emphasize that, in the crucifix, everything has its sense. Everything, which we know as pain, suffering, physical or spiritual torture. All that we commonly know as the cross of our lives, the cross of our Nation, takes on greatest meaning by being […]