The Pilgrim's Journey

A Holy Man and His Holier Mother

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: August 15th, 2019Poland, Saints

August 14 marks the feast of a saint whose lifetime is not far removed from our own. Born in 1894, small Rajmund would soon grow up to be St. Maximilian Kolbe – Franciscan, radio host, monastery founder, newspaper publisher, and most famously, victim of the Auschwitz death camp. As a young man, St. Maximilian Kolbe … Read More

This Chapel is Literally the Salt of the Earth

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: May 17th, 2018Poland

Opened in the 13th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was Poland’s oldest business venture until it was forced to close in 2007 due to declining salt prices and flooding in the mine. What was left behind wasn’t just a 1,072-foot-deep hole in the ground, but an astounding architectural marvel that amazes close to 1.2 million people annually.

Poland’s Great Saint

Richard SontagLast Updated: October 14th, 2016Poland

Saint John Paul II explained, “Pilgrimages, a sign of the condition of the disciples of Christ in this world, have always held an important place in the life of Christians. In the course of history, Christians have always walked to celebrate their faith in places that indicate a memory of the Lord or in sites … Read More

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Pope’s Pilgrimage to Auschwitz

Richard SontagLast Updated: August 10th, 2016New Evangelization, Poland, Pope Francis

Pope Francis has paid a sombre visit to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz – Birkenau in July, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler’s forces killed more than a million people, most of them Jews. Wearing white robe and skullcap, Francis walked slowly beneath the notorious … Read More

Pope at Auschwitz to shape WYD

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 8th, 2016Church News, Poland, Pope Francis, World Youth Day

(CNA) Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope. This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to … Read More

Pilgrimage to Czestochowa shrine proclaims faith

R RLast Updated: August 18th, 2014Poland

(CNA/EWTN News).- Last weekend, thousands of pilgrims walked more than 30 miles from a Chicago parish to an Indiana shrine dedicated to the famed Marian icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, revered by Poles and Polish-Americans. “The pilgrimage makes it possible to express faith, experience community, make penance, ask for graces, pray for peace and, … Read More