One of the world’s most famous Poles, John Paul II played a significant role in the contemporary social history of Poland. In this 114th episode of our impossible mission to find the heart of Poland, Patrick Ney speaks to George Weigel, the world’s biggest selling biographer of John Paul II about his memories of the Polish Pope alongside some fascinating archival photos from his life. Hear George speak about John Paul II’s role in the downfall of Communism, what shaped his personality, as well as amusing anecdotes like what he said when he met singer Bob Dylan.
What do an astronaut, a military jet pilot and a simultaneous interpreter have in common? - Making decisions in a fraction of a second.
Included are extraordinary gifts given to the late Pope such as a metal relief excavated from a mass grave of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD, a crucifix carved by a concentration camp prisoner from a toothbrush, handwritten notes and never-before- seen archival documents from his student life in Rome.
Over 1,200 Polish academics and prominent individuals have appealed for the memory of Pope John Paul II to be treated with "truth and due respect" after the name of the Polish-born pope was linked to alleged attempts by the Roman Catholic Church to hush up reports of paedophilia in the Church.
A report published by the Vatican shows that the now disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick managed to deceive Pope John Paul II about his behaviour, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP), Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, has said.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, one of Poland’s most senior clerics and a former private secretary to Pope John Paul II, had denied allegations that he had covered up the sexual abuse of children and took bribes.
A poster campaign publicising the spiritual legacy of St. John Paul II, organized by the Polish Institute in Budapest, is now on display in the Hungarian capital’s metro.
John Paul II's pontificate was different from the previous ones, as the Church has opened its doors to all mankind like never before, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of Karol Wojtyla's election as pope.
President Andrzej Duda, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher and Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek paid tribute to the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II on the centenary of his birth on Monday.
St. John Paul II was someone who built bridges between people and approached others with great openness, said Primate of Poland Archbishop Wojciech Polak in an interview for PAP. Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II.