CNA Staff, Mar 19, 2021 / 05:00 am
Poland’s Catholic bishops will entrust the country to St. Joseph on Oct. 7.
The act of entrustment of the nation and Church in Poland to St. Joseph will take place at the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Kalisz, central Poland.
The event will take place during the Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis on Dec. 8, 2020, before a celebrated image of St. Joseph in Kalisz.
The shrine, which is a center of prayer for the unborn and families, has continued to offer pastoral care despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
When Pope John Paul II visited the shrine in 1997, he described it “a special place in the history of the Church and of the nation.”
Fr. Jacek Plota, the shrine’s custodian, said: “We carry out the testament of St. John Paul II which he left us during his stay in 1997. It is a prayer for the intention of defending unborn life and for the intention of families.”
The shrine hosted a novena before the March 19 Feast of St. Joseph on 19 March. It also held a series of events known as “March evenings with St Joseph,” when priests preached daily conferences about St. Joseph.