16 października 2016 r. przypada 38. rocznica wyboru kard. Karola Wojtyły na papieża. Z tej okazji przypominamy fakty i ciekawostki związane z tym wydarzeniem. Kard. Karol Wojtyła został wybrany na papieża w poniedziałek, 16 października 1978 r., w drugim dniu konklawe. Biały dym zwiastujący dokonanie wyboru pojawił się nad Kaplicą Sykstyńską o godz. 18.18. Metropolita krakowski stał się 262. następcą św. Piotra. Ostatnia notatka w prowadzonej przez metropolitę krakowskiego ‘Księdze czynności biskupich’, przesłanej później do Krakowa, brzmi: „Około godz. 17.15 – Jan Paweł II”.
35th Anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation - Interview with Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE, PhD
Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE, PhD - the Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation
By Włodzimierz Rędzioch
On October 16, 1981, John Paul II celebrated his third anniversary of election on the Peter’s Seat in a special way – he established the Foundation which bears his name. It is a Foundation which is active not only on a religious field, but also on the cultural and science field. The Pope, in his long distance view, saw the need for Catholic education in countries of the former Soviet Union by providing fellowship awards to students from the Eastern Europe – up to this day approximately 1,000 students received the support. The Foundation also provides assistance to pilgrims in Rome for whom the Polish Home at via Cassia is available. However, enormous documentation of the pontificate of John Paul II and popularization of the Pope’s teachings around the world could be considered the most successful part of the Foundation’s activities. Teaching is popularized by the Foundation’s Chapters which are active in 18 countries around the world.
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation, I spoke with the Administrator, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko OSPPE, PhD.
Program of the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the John Paul II Foundation
Vatican, Rome, October 22-24, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Divine Mercy Chaplet and religious program at 11:00am at the Holy Mother Church (Via Cassia, 1286, 00189 Roma)
Holy Mass at 12.00 noon at the Holy Mother Church (after lunch together)
Concert at Chiesa Nuova at 7.30pm. (Via del Governo Vecchio, 134, 00186 Roma)
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Holy Mass at St. Peter Basilica (main altar) at 9.00am
Devotion in the chapel at the Polish Home - opening of the Golden Book at 5.00pm (via Cassia 1200)
Dinner and MAKI program - garden at the Polish House at 6.00pm
Monday, October 24, 2016
Meeting of all members of the John Paul II Foundation at 9.30am (Via Cassia 1200)
Holy Mass at the Polish Church at 6 pm. After Mass – Archbishop’s Szczepan Wesoły 90th birthday celebration (longstanding director of the JPII Foundation).
Visit in Göteborg
On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Parish of Christ the King in Göteborg, at the location of the Polish Catholic Mission, a meeting of the members of the John Paul II Foundation Chapter with Father Krzysztof Wieliczko, administrator of the Foundation in Rome, took place. Our nice guest honored us with the visit despite his busy time due to the preparations for the upcoming 35th anniversary of the Foundation. We are very grateful for that. Rector of the Polish Mission, Fr. Adam Piasecki OFM and prior presidents of the John Paul II Foundation Göteborg Chapter, Krystyna Kościelniak and Tomasz Stępiński, as well as the current president, Dorota Melzacka were present at the meeting. Individuals just named received beautiful pearl rosaries from Fr. Wieliczko.
During the meeting with members of the John Paul II Foundation Göteborg Chapter, Father Krzysztof brought closer goals of the Foundation’s activities, emphasizing one of the aspects – work with young people. He mentioned fellowship awardees, who thanks to the Foundation were able to receive education and strengthens in faith and thus are good ambassadors of the Foundation in the world. Then, we discussed important matters of the Foundation. We ended the meeting with the Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Krzysztof.