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"The Gospel of life must be proclaimed and human life defended in all places and all times."
~ Blessed Pope John Paul II in Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics - National Conference of Catholic Bishops (United States) 1998


On foot to Czestochowa

The August walking pilgrimages to Czestochowa are on old Polish tradition.  Every year, thousands of Polish Catholics, walking from all corners of Poland, converge to gather at Jasna Gora (Bright Hill), Czestochowa.  This tradition has been alive for several hundreds of years.  Even the Communists were not able to destroy this deeply rooted tradition.  The purpose of these pilgrimages is to gather and pray at Mary's feet.

The hometown of St. Maximilian Kolbe – Pabianice

In the beautiful church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pabianice, a large crowd, together with Bishop Adam Lepa, awaited Our Lady of the Icon of Czestochowa.  After greeting Our Lady, the entire parish, with the choir leading, sang the Akathist in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Singing out loud in a crowd of other people praying and honoring the Mother of God is an amazing experience and gives a sense of strength and a sense of Church Community.

In the service of the family

After the morning prayers and Eucharist celebrated by Bishop Mark Solarczyk, the Icon of Czestochowa departed Warsaw, this time she was being carefully escorted by the police.

The first stop in Lodz was the Center in Service of the Family (CSR), which is the central organization affiliated with all the pro-family organizations of Lodz, movements and associations, which serve by giving assistance, teaching, advising, feeding and sheltering those in most need.

Warsaw did not disappoint

A heatwave of 32 degrees Celsius, the forecasted thunderstorm, a weekend, and the middle of summer vacation – none of these elements could stop the Warsaw residents from welcoming Our Blessed Mother in the Icon of Czestochowa with open hearts.

On Monday, August 20th, the Icon was visiting Warsaw.

The kiss of love – Our Blessed Mother visits Father Jerzy

On Sunday, August 19th, at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon, the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, had arrived at the Shrine of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko in Warsaw's Zoliborz.  She came in Her glass "Life Mobile," accompanied by the bikers from the "Katyn Rally".  At the tomb of Fr. Jerzy, the Icon was presented by the Orthodox priests from the parish of St. John Klimak into the hands of Monsignor Tadeusz Bożełko, the custodian of the shrine.

Two lungs of the Church – with Mary we are together in defense of life

On Saturday, August 18th, in the afternoon, Our Lady of Czestochowa had arrived at the Orthodox parish of St. John Klimak in the Warsaw district called "Wola."  There, She was being awaited by the pastor of the parish, Mitrate Nicholas Lenczewski, assisted by several priests, deacons and numerous faithful.  Many Catholics also joined them.

Saint Nicholas, the Miracle Worker, welcomes Our Blessed Mother, Mary

Following the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass and the farewell at the Torun Cathedral of SS. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Icon, escorted by the police and blue motorcade of the "Katyn Rally," was transported to the Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, the Miracle Worker, also in the famous city of Torun, where she was being greeted by Pastor Nicholas Hajduczenia.

Toruń – the city of Copernicus

On the border of the city of Toruń, a special delegation awaited Our Blessed Mother – the Pastor of the Catholic Cathedral of the two St. Johns, Monsignor Marek Rumiński, together with the Pastor of the Orthodox Parish of St. Nicholas, Father Protojerej Nicholas Hajduczenia.

Fordon – from death into new life

Early morning, on August 17th, the Icon of Czestochowa arrived at the church of St. Luke the Evangelist (being newly constructed) in Fordon, after the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass had been celebrated by the Reverend Dr. Lech Bilicki and the pastor and custodian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Beautiful Love, Father Stanislaw Kotowski.

The Reverend, Pastor Miroslaw Pstragowski, welcomed the Blessed Virgin Mary at the threshold of his church, and leading her through the main entrance of the church remarked that Our Blessed Mother crosses the threshold as the first visitor.  The new church is a sign of new life which is born and being developed.