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Socially distanced bishops attend the Polish bishops’ plenary assembly at Jasna Góra, Aug. 27-29, 2020.

Polish bishops concerned by rise in acts of desecration

Aug 31, 2020

Poland’s bishops expressed concern Saturday about a rise in acts of desecration.  Read more

Polish bishops: Respect all people, but don’t accept LGBT+ views uncritically

Aug 28, 2020

Catholics have a duty to respect people who identify as LGBT+ but are not obliged to accept their views uncritically,... Read more

The statue of Christ, “Sursum corda,” in Warsaw, Poland.

Warsaw cardinal laments ‘desecration’ of Christ statue with rainbow flag

Aug 2, 2020

A Polish cardinal has urged protesters to respect religious sensibilities after they attached a rainbow flag to a historic statue... Read more

Andrzej Duda celebrates his presidential election victory in Pułtusk, Poland, July 12, 2020.

Polish president Duda visits Marian shrine after narrow election win

Jul 14, 2020

Andrzej Duda visited Poland’s national Marian shrine Monday following his narrow presidential election victory.  Read more

Archbishop Wojciech Polak, Primate of Poland.

Primate of Poland: Church must rebuild trust amid abuse crisis

Jul 6, 2020

The Catholic Church can only rebuild trust in its handling of clerical abuse by “taking responsibility for clarifying all crimes... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis praying for Polish Catholics seeking Vatican intervention on clerical abuse

Jul 1, 2020

Pope Francis is praying for a group of lay people who appealed to him to crack down on clerical abuse... Read more

Bishop Edward Janiak of Kalisz.

Pope Francis appoints apostolic administrator for troubled Polish diocese

Jun 25, 2020

Pope Francis appointed Thursday an apostolic administrator to take charge of a Polish diocese whose bishop is under investigation over... Read more

Leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Poland's ruling party accused of trying to ban sex education

Oct 16, 2019

The Law and Justice Party (PiS) is supporting a law that would criminalize the “promotion of underage sexual activity” to... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (R) addresses the Polish bishops' plenary assembly in Wałbrzych, June 14 2019.

Lead by example, not documents, Vatican abuse expert tells Polish bishops

Jun 14, 2019

As the Catholic Church in Poland continues to respond to sex abuse by clergy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a leading Vatican... Read more

A press briefing by the Polish bishops' conference held in Warsaw, May 22, 2019.

Polish bishops pledge greater sensitivity for abuse victims

May 24, 2019

The bishops of Poland are speaking out against sexual abuse, pledging to continue to “eliminate factors conducive to crime” as... Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki. CNA file photo.

'I was deeply moved and saddened'- How Polish bishops react to documentary on clerical abuse

May 14, 2019

Catholics bishops in Poland are responding to a new documentary that addresses clerical sexual abuse in the country.  Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki at the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 16, 2018.

Polish bishops release ‘tragic’ report on sexual abuse

Mar 15, 2019

Nearly 400 Polish priests were accused of sexual abuse of minors from 1990 until 2018, a study commissioned by the... Read more

Members of Have No Fear, a Polish organization for sex abuse victims and advocates, speak to media in Rome, Feb. 21, 2019.

Polish sex abuse victims meet Pope Francis, release abuse report

Feb 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

A Polish delegation of sex abuse victims and advocates met Pope Francis Wednesday, and presented the pope with a report... Read more

The Polish bishops' conference gathered for a plenary assembly as Jasna Gora, November 2018. Photo courtesy Polish Bishops' Conference.

Polish bishops ask forgiveness of sexual abuse victims

Nov 20, 2018

The bishops of Poland published Monday a statement on the sexual abuse of minors by some clerics, asking forgiveness of... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Shrine of Czestochowa, July 28, 2016.

The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa

Jul 28, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk and other Eastern Catholic bishops gathered at St. Peter's Square, Nov. 27, 2013.

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Jun 9, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed... Read more