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Jerzy_Popieluszko_-320x240, Prayers

THE DIOCESAN PHASE OF THE CANONIZATION

Ks. Sliwinski: Let us rejoice, because it ended the first necessary step to acknowledge the error. Fr.. Popieluszko saint. But remember: it’s not the end of the whole process of canonization Closing Ceremony ws process. Presumed miracle through the intercession of Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko outside Paris will take place tomorrow in the diocese of Creteil. A special commission investigated the matter heal terminally ill with leukemia man. – Today we can be glad that the first necessary step to acknowledge the error. Fr.. Popieluszko holy ended – said Fr. Przemyslaw Sliwinski, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Warsaw. – But remember, this does not mean the end of the process. According to Fr. Przemyslaw Sliwinski, the decision of the tribunal in Creteil this “great joy that a certain phase of the canonization process is over,” though – as noted – it does not mean the end of the process. Ks. Sliwinski recalled that in the case of a martyr’s canonization process involves only the recognition of a miracle. – The recognition of a miracle happened, but at the diocesan level. This is not the end of the whole process of canonization. Now the case goes to Rome, and there, the Congregation for Saints begin multistage test this miracle – said a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Warsaw. The course of study a possible miracle assumes it checked first by the commission doctors. – Each of them will dissect, like “devil’s advocate” studied if there is no medical explanation for the healing. Then a miracle will be examined by the theological commission, and finally by the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation. Only then […]


Warsaw Poland, July 1982

Warsaw Poland, July 1982

Introduction by Paul Hensler: As the summer of 1982 bore down on Warsaw word began to spread about a young priest speaking about a forbidden topic, freedom. The reaction to his first four sermons at the monthly Mass for The Fatherland brought so many people to his church that the overflow was forced into the streets. This was highly illegal, without the appropriate city permits. Also in these huge crowds was the Secret Police, who mixed into the crowds and began recording his sermons. That summer the Council For Religious Affairs had two official complaints about Father Popieluszko. Typical of the written protests was a letter by Minister Lopatka to the church leadership; “Father Popieluszko’s attitude, as well as the atmosphere he created, changed a religious gathering into a political demonstration, threatening law and order in the capital.” This, said the minister, contributed “toward increasing alarm among the public and excited rowdy individuals.” Unless church authorities acted against Popieluszko and priests like him, it would be regarded as sharing responsibility for the collapse of public order. Because of the increasing pressure from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Holy Mass for The Fatherland on July 25, 1982 was concelebrated by Monsignor Teofil Bogucki and Father Popieluszko with Monsignor Bogucki delivering the sermon. [opening remarks] I heartily welcome everyone whose faith in God and love for Country brought here because this is what we had in mind introducing a year ago, this High Mass, offered for the glory of God and the Good of Our Country. No other motives propelled us, only […]


Summer in Warsaw june 27 1982

Warsaw Poland, summer of 1982

Introduction by Paul Hensler: In the summer of 1982 the Council of Religious Affairs requested dates for the second visit of Pope John Paul II to his homeland. The price of the deal was simply this: the Church should keep its distance from Solidarity. The government feared that Father Popieluszko’s following, including all of the solidarity internees, would, upon release head straight for his church and pick up their opposition activities. Department Four, the church monitoring arm chose to scare the priests by flattening tires, following their cars incessantly, bugging their offices and accumulating and manipulating information on the radical priests. This information was delivered to the Religious Council offices with great drama and each time the Council returned a letter saying ‘our priests are not meddling in politics.’ What degree of pressure and harassment on Popieluszko would have positive rather than negative effects? That was the calculation that had to be made in the offices of the Secret Police by ambitious, frustrated men. For any pressure on Church leaders to have a chance of success, Secret Police harassment would have to be carefully paced. Holy Mass for The Fatherland on June 27, 1982 was celebrated by Father Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. Opening remarks We are now into the seventh month of the rules of Martial Law. In our homeland thousands are deprived of the liberty and millions continue to suffer. In this month, dedicated to the Heart of Jesus who suffered so much and continues to suffer for justice and peace, we […]