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Information about Polish Catholics and popes.

Astonishing Polish cemeteries star
The most known burial places are situated in Warsaw, Krakow and Zakopane. They feature astonishing architecture and great people who have been buried on them. Those cemeteries are ranked among the most precious monuments of Poland.

Bishop Stanislaw, the first Polish Saint star
The legend about life and martyrdom of the first Polish saint, bishop Stanislaw, became known throughout Poland. Historical truth, however, differs from those stories as the legend of the bishop was created by opponents of the king who convicted Stanislaw.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary star
The sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska dates back to the beginning of 17th century. The calvaries as such started, however, in 15th century in Spain. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska can boast also of 16th century monastery and painting of Holy Mary.

Karol Wojtyla – the Polish Pope star
Karol Wojtyla, known to most of the people as John Paul II, was one of the greatest Poles in history of the country. His death, despite his age, was not expected as he seemed to an immortal hero who would stay with us forever.

Most important Polish male Saints of Middle Ages star
The Poles pay a lot of attention to saints that are very often patrons and supporters of professions and cities. The article tells about most important make saints of Poland that influenced the country and believes of its citizens throughout the centuries.

Polish female Medieval Saints star
Polish saints described in this article were not always of Polish origin but they lived in Poland and were respected here thanks to their modest life and deeds. They came from prominent families but left the wealth behind and gave their life to God.

Saint Faustyna and the Divine Mercy star
Helena was born in a poor numerous family of Kowalskis. She felt the vocation in her early years. In spite of serious illness and poor education, Faustyna richly described her mystic experiences. Apart from the diary, Faustyna is also associated with the depiction of Divine Mercy.

The holiest site of Poland star
The most important shrine of Poland is situated in Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa. The site is connected with icon of Virgin Mary – called Black Madonna – to which many miracles are attributed.

The story of priest Jerzy Popieluszko star
His story is remembered by whole nation as he was not only a priest, but also a fighter. During the times of Communism he taught not to hate our enemies, even when we are oppressed and persecuted. Many people awaited his beatification to happen.

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