POLISH CATHOLICS SHOULD REMEMBER HISTORY: POPE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has encouraged his
fellow Poles to keep alive the country's Christian heritage, and to
make sure that young people are acquainted with the saints who
have played important roles in Polish history.
The Pope made his remarks on May 3, when Polish Catholic
celebrates the feast of the Virgin, Queen of Poland. Pope John Paul
recalled that the Polish constitution of 1791 was adopted on that
national feast day, after King Jan Casimir placed the entire country
"under the protection of the Mother of God" in 1656.
The Polish people must never forget "these events, so deeply rooted
in the history of the nation," the Pontiff argued. "They are so strongly
impressed on the conscience of the Polish people that their memory
shines through all the most difficult times the country has
undergone: the more than 100 years of partition, the times of great
wars and persecutions, and domination for so many years by a
The Pope particularly cited the importance of several saints whose
influence shaped Polish history. First he mentioned St. Albert, the
bishop of Prague, and St. Stanislas, the bishop of Krakow. Both
bishops were martyred, in the 10th and 11th centuries respectively,
for opposing the immoral dictates of the reigning monarchs. "The
witness of their martyrdom, a thousand years ago in our land, has
endured down the centuries, from one generation to another, bearing
abundant fruits," the Pope said.
From more recent times, the Pope mentioned St. Faustina, whose
canonization he had formally pronounced just a few days earlier.
"This simple nun recalled to the world that God is love, and rich in
mercy-- that his love is stronger than death, stronger than sin and
every other evil," the Pontiff said.
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