Martyrdom


Andrzej Duda , 31st Anniversary

Catholics Everywhere Commemorate the 31st Anniversary

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.


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Prayers, Performances and more in Poland in Commemoration 1

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.


Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Fr. Kolbe Hero of a Death Camp Relics Moved

Father Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as prisoner 16770 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941. He volunteered to take the place of another inmate. In order to save the other inmate he said I am a Catholic priest from Poland; I would like to take his place, because he has a wife and children.’ The German soldiers took him up on his offer. He consistently waited until the other prisoners received help before asking for any for himself. His destiny for martyrdom began many years before when as a child he remembered after he had gotten in trouble. ‘That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.’  These words would end up being a foreshadowing of his life many years later. Fr. Kolbe led his fellow prisoners in prayer to the Holy Mother Mary until his death. Some have even said the prison camp at time resembled church as the men awaited their fate. He provided a source of light in a brutally dark and cruel place. He spent two weeks in a cell of death, being starved along with nine other prisoners. He was finally given a lethal injection of carbolic acid on 14 August 1941. […]


Blessed Father Jerzy the Truth Revealed

After missing for eleven days, the dreaded truth was finally revealed. Today, thirty years ago, the body of blessed Father Jerzy Poplieuszko was pulled from the Wloclawek reservoir. He was barely distinguishable, bound and beaten. Jerzy stood up for the truth and it cost him his life. The fears of his family, congregation and the Church as a whole had come to pass. They tearfully accepted the truth that their beloved priest was gone. Thousands of Catholics from Poland to the Vatican and around the world mourned the loss of their beloved priest. As the word of his apparent murder spread, the Catholic Church stumbled at his loss. “All America shares the grief of the Polish people at the news of the tragic death of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. Father Popieluszko was a champion of Christian values and a courageous spokesman for the cause of liberty. His life exemplified the highest ideals of human dignity; his death strengthens the resolve of all freedom loving peoples to stand firm in their convictions. Father Popieluszko’s spirit lives on. The world’s conscience will not be at rest until the perpetrators of this heinous crime have been brought to justice.” – Ronald Reagan Leaders both religious and political across the globe spoke out against the travesty and honoring the life of Father Jerzy. The world was stunned that a priest, at such a young age of 37 was allegedly killed by those sworn to protect and serve. His broken body was found October 30, 1984. Thirty years later we celebrate […]