Poland’s Great Saint

Richard SontagPoland

Saint John Paul II explained, “Pilgrimages, a sign of the condition of the disciples of Christ in this world, have always held an important place in the life of Christians. In the course of history, Christians have always walked to celebrate their faith in places that indicate a memory of the Lord or in sites representing important moments in the … Read More

Pope’s Pilgrimage to Auschwitz

Richard SontagNew Evangelization, Poland, Pope Francis


Pope Francis has paid a sombre visit to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz – Birkenau in July, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler’s forces killed more than a million people, most of them Jews. Wearing white robe and skullcap, Francis walked slowly beneath the notorious gate at Auschwitz bearing the … Read More

Pope at Auschwitz to shape WYD

Richard SontagChurch News, Poland, Pope Francis, World Youth Day

(CNA) Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope. This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Paul … Read More

Watch as Polish President brushes aside protocol and saves Eucharist from profanation

Richard SontagChurch News, Poland, World News

(ChurchMilitant.com) – Nearly three weeks ago on May 24, Andrzej Duda was elected President of Poland. Two days later he would make a pilgramage to Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa to pray and entrust his presidency to the icon of the Black Madonna — Our Lady of Czestochowa. Two weeks later, on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) … Read More

Pilgrimage to Czestochowa shrine proclaims faith


(CNA/EWTN News).- Last weekend, thousands of pilgrims walked more than 30 miles from a Chicago parish to an Indiana shrine dedicated to the famed Marian icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, revered by Poles and Polish-Americans. “The pilgrimage makes it possible to express faith, experience community, make penance, ask for graces, pray for peace and, through the Mother of Jesus, … Read More