It's an encyclical the Pope describes as both dramatic and cheerful. The document titled 'Laudato Si' or Praise be to You, calls on Christians to care for Creation and not ignore the wounds of Mother Nature.
1. LOOKING AT REALITY WITH HONESTY
The Pope describes with great clarity what many scientific experts already agree on, including:
-Pollution that leads to premature deaths.
-Global warming, which goes hand in hand with increasing sea levels and other extreme weather conditions.
-The marginalized, have less and less access to drinkable water.
-The disappearance of crops and animals that are essential for the survival of many.
Father Tadeusz Lizińczyk honored by the John Paul II Foundation
It is a tradition for the John Paul II Foundation New York Chapter to hold an annual banquet during which is honored a well-deserved priest who serves Polonia and the Foundation. This year, Father Tadeusz Lizińczyk - Pauline Order, Pastor of the St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Manhattan was added to the group of the awarded priests. On Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Princess Manor in Greenpoint, New York, he was honored with this special banquet.
Father Tadeusz was assigned to pastoral work at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, USA, in 2006. In 2008-2011, he was serving as the Prior and Member of the Board of Directors at the American Province of the Pauline Order. Since 2011, he is serving as the Pastor of the St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Manhattan. During the elections in 2014, he was nominated as the Vicar of the American Province of the Pauline Order. Father Tadeusz is well known as a great Friend of the John Paul II Foundation, who every time kindly supports all initiatives and activities of the New York Chapter. He always with joy welcomes our Foundation at the Masses related to St. John Paul II. Father Lizińczyk's passion, as he said about himself, is to explore new places and help others to discover the presence of Christ in their lives.
Celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation Great Britain Chapter
The 20th jubilee of the establishment of the John Paul II Foundation Great Britain Chapter with the main seat in London was celebrated on May 31, 2015. The celebrations began at the St. Andrew Bobola Church, where a Mass was celebrated by the Rector of the PCM in England and Wales, Monsignor Stefan Wylężek. The homily was delivered by the Administrator of the JPII Foundation in Rome, Father Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE, who said: "Each jubilee is a time of reflections, summarization, thanksgiving to God, but also a sight into future. Today our hearts and thoughts are directed on the 20th anniversary of the JPII Foundation's Chapter in London. It is not easy, in a few sentences to summarize everything what was going on for the past twenty years. Those years included wonderful achievements, great efforts of many people, most of all, the longstanding President of the Chapter late Jan Krasnodębski and current President Ewa Szymańska, pastoral work, joint prayers at this beautiful church, as well as, financial contributions by all members of the Chapter in Great Britain for the students from former republics of the Soviet Union." The readings were read by Izabela Trębicka and Ewa Szymańska, and Prayer of the Faithful was read by Alfred Winiecki. After the Mass, more than 120 participants went to POSK for the second part of the celebrations, to the "Łowiczanka" restaurant - the restaurant was beautifully decorated with portraits of St. John Paul II and Papal's flags.
Chapter's President, Ewa Szymańska welcomed all members and friends of the Chapter along with dear guests: Father Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE from Rome, Rector of the PCM Prelate Stefan Wylężek, Consul General Ireneusz Truszkowski along with wife Anna, representatives and presidents of various organizations and other guests. The Chapter's President gave thanks to Managements which through the past 20 years were contributing to successes, adding their "brick" to build our today's family. In warm words she also mentioned merits of the founder and longstanding president of the Chapter, late Jan Krasnodębski, as well as - present at that time - former members of the board: Lucyna Quirke, Czesława Picheta and Jacek Bernasiński. Later, she gave thanks to members of the board thanks to whom we are currently enforcing knowledge of our Patron, St. John Paul II. Then, the president introduced artists announcing their performance during the concert dedicated to Saint John Paul II.