Catholic Church in Poland

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Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko, chairman of the Polish bishops’ council for migration, tourism, and pilgrimages.

Catholic bishop questions lack of EU support as Poland aids millions of Ukrainian refugees

May 16, 2022

By Justyna Galant

More than three million people have fled from Ukraine to Poland since Feb. 24. Read more

Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Church leaders and scholars to explore St. John Paul II’s ‘natural law legacy’

May 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

Speakers will include papal biographer George Weigel and Dutch Cardinal Willem Eijk. Read more

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz in 2016.

Vatican clears Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz of negligence in Polish abuse cases

Apr 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican has ended an investigation into allegations that Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz failed to investigate claims of clerical sex... Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki with Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Warsaw, Poland, on March 29, 2022.

Orthodox leader and Polish Catholic archbishop pray for peace in Ukraine

Mar 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Patriarch Bartholomew I is visiting Poland to offer his blessing to Ukrainian refugees. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 28, 2022.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader tells Pope Francis about German ‘Synodal Way’ concerns

Mar 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Francis distances himself from this initiative,’ the Polish bishops’ conference said. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

German Catholic bishops’ leader responds to Polish archbishop’s ‘Synodal Way’ criticisms

Mar 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Bätzing said he sought a ‘real theological exchange’ with Archbishop Gądecki. Read more

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‘I pray to St. John Paul II every day’: How a Ukrainian refugee found shelter at the pope’s former residence

Mar 23, 2022

By Solène Tadié

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko. Read more

A Caritas Poland ‘Tent of Hope’ in Krościenko, southern Poland.

Poland’s Catholics dig deep to help Ukrainian refugees

Mar 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Catholics have donated record sums to Caritas Poland, the country’s largest charity. Read more

A plenary meeting of the Polish bishops’ conference on March 15, 2022.

Ukraine war: Poland’s Catholic bishops condemn attacks on civilians

Mar 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

The U.N. human rights office has recorded over 1,800 civilian casualties. Read more

Sisters from Przemysł, Poland, help Ukrainian refugees.

Almost 1,000 Polish Catholic convents are helping Ukraine’s refugees

Mar 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

Polish Catholic archbishop to Russian Orthodox leader: Please ask Putin to stop Ukraine war

Mar 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki made the appeal in a strongly worded letter. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 2, 2022

Pope Francis thanks Polish people for opening homes to Ukrainians fleeing war

Mar 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at his weekly general audience. Read more

Refugees from Ukraine arrive at Przemyśl Główny train station in eastern Poland.

Polish Catholic archbishop greets Ukrainian refugees arriving at train station as humanitarian crisis grows

Feb 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Adam Szal assured the new arrivals of his prayers for peace in their homeland. Read more

The Jasna Góra shrine in southern Poland is providing space for Ukrainians in its pilgrim house.

How Poland’s Catholics are helping refugees fleeing Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Jasna Góra, Poland’s largest shrine, is providing space for Ukrainians in its pilgrim house. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki and Bishop Georg Bätzing.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader expresses ‘fraternal concern’ over German ‘Synodal Way’

Feb 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki questioned whether the initiative was rooted in the Gospel. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader calls for ‘open and hospitable hearts’ to refugees from Ukraine

Feb 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Officials believe that up to a million Ukrainians could seek refuge in Poland. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

Polish Catholic leader asks Ukraine and Russia’s bishops to join in prayer for peace

Feb 15, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Every war is madness,’ Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki said in a letter to the Catholic and Orthodox bishops. Read more

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, pictured in 2015.

Pope Francis’ friend Rabbi Skorka helps Polish Catholics mark Day of Judaism

Jan 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Day of Judaism was established by the Polish bishops in 1997. Read more

Staff of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland

Pope Francis commends university in Poland for six centuries of Catholic education

Jan 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged the students at the university to live out its motto: “Go and make disciples.” Read more