Around 4.4 mln pilgrims visited Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, southern Poland, in 2019, an increase of 100,000 people on the 2018 figure. The number of walking pilgrimages is also growing, the press office of the monastery has reported.
The 4,000 km journey aimed at raising money for an oncologic hospice, took Strojewski from Poland to Germany, France, Spain and eventually to Portugal after he decided to carry on upon reaching Galicia.
Intrepid Emma Morosini said she had set off from her home by Lake Garda in the north of Italy to make the solo pilgrimage after being ‘called’ by the Virgin Mary.
The Transfiguration of Christ, one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, was celebrated on Monday on the Holy Mount of Grabarka, eastern Poland, the traditional pilgrimage centre for Orthodox Christians in the country.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Poland's northern city of Gdańsk on Monday that the first pilgrimage to Poland by Pope John Paul II awoke solidarity and a desire for freedom in the Polish people.
On June 16-23, 1983, the seemingly impossible happened. With Poland reeling from the imposition of martial law, Pope John Paul II visited for the second time after being chosen as the leader of the Catholic church.