Polish archbishop pays tribute to late PAP journalist

Stanislaw Karnacewicz died on June 13 at the age of 70. Rafał Guz/PAP

Stanislaw Karnacewicz was an icon of Polish press journalism, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP), said in a condolence message to the family and friends of a long-standing employee of PAP who died on June 13.

"The late journalist personified the noblest and most desired features in journalistic work: honesty, professionalism, sensitivity to truth and humanity, was rooted in values and held by them, regardless of the circumstances, and had respect for life," Gadecki wrote.

According to the archbishop, Karnacewicz, who wrote about the church, was "a man steadfast in his faith and with a thorough knowledge of the Church, informed in an honest and responsible way about what he identified with and from which he drew strength for everyday decent and beautiful life." Hence, he added, "his writing about the Church was focused on facts and built on truth."

Stanislaw Karnacewicz died on June 13 at the age of 70. During his nearly 30 years-long work at PAP he wrote about topics related to the church. During his career he covered all the pilgrimages by John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis to Poland. He also regularly covered news stories from the Polish Episcopate.

In 2018, he received a gold medal as one of the most distinguished employees of PAP.