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Traces of John Paul II

Pope John Paul II – an extraordinary Pole, the first Polish Pope in the history of the successors of Saint Peter and the first Bishop of Rome in over 450 years who was not from Italy. In the footsteps of a Pope, who with his strong personality influenced not only the image of the Church, but also world events. The Holy Father went on several pilgrimages to Poland, which from the beginning of the eighties underwent radical transformations, as did all of Central and Eastern Europe. During his 7 pilgrimages to his home country, John Paul II almost always visited the capital. In Warsaw there are many places connected with him in special ways. They were witnesses to important words and grand gestures.
On 1st May 2011 on the St. Peter's Square in Rome John Paul II was beatified and on 27th April 2014 canonized.

Chopin Airport (Lotnisko Chopina)

ul. Żwirki i Wigury 1
This is where most pilgrimages of John Paul II to Poland began. On June 2, 1979 during his frst visit, the Pope, after exiting the plane, kissed his native ground. This gesture, recognized worldwide, began every pilgrimage of the Pope.
During the farewell to his fellow countrymen on June 9, 1991, John Paul II referred to the words constituting the central theme of his 4th pilgrimage to his fatherland: 'Thank God (...) do not quench the spirit'. He addressed the gathered crowd with this appeal to convince them that their regained freedom was a task and a historic opportunity that must not be wasted.


Plac Piłsudskiego
Piłsudski Square (Plac Piłsudskiego)

'Let Thy Spirit descend and renew the face of the earth. this earth!'
These historic words descended upon Piłsudski Square – called Victory square during the time of the People’s Republic of Poland (PRL) - in June 1979, at Holy Mass during the frst papal pilgrimage to Poland. 500 thousand people were gathered there to hear the sermon on the duty to bear witness to faith and to the responsibility for its legacy, concluding with a call for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Before the Mass, John Paul II laid down fowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and signed the visitors’ book: 'To the unknown soldier of Poland - John Paul II, son of this land'. On this square, now called Piłsudski Square, the Holy Father again said Mass twenty years later, in June 1999, in an already free Poland.

Pałac Prezydencki
Presidential Palace (Pałac Prezydencki)
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 46/48

The Presidential Palace is one of the most magnifcent edifces on Krakowskie Przedmieście and at the same time the largest palace in Warsaw. Since 1994 it is the official seat of the President of the Republic of Poland and his administration. The first to live here was Lech Wałęsa, who moved here from his previous presidential seat in the Belvedere. In June 1999 John Paul II paid a visit in the palace to the then President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski. More information

St. Anne’s Church (Kościół św. Anny)
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 68

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of John Paul II – on April 2, 2006 - a commemorative plaque was unveiled on the frontage of the church, with the words the Holy Father pronounced a short time before his death. This place is strongly connected with the Pope and his dialogue with the youth. St. Anne’s Church, due to its location in the vicinity of, among others, Warsaw University, is the main centre of academic chaplaincy in the capital. It was here that John Paul II met with young people during his first pilgrimage to Poland (in June 1979). He then said: 'May the Holy spirit help us in our weakness!' It was on that very day that the Holy Father, in response to applause which interrupted him, departed from his prepared text for the first time in the history of his pilgrimages. He later did this on many occasions and entered into unforgettable conversations with his audiences.
On the memorable night of April 2, 2005, St. Anne’s Church naturally became a place where young people gathered to pray for John Paul II, just as they have continued to do on the subsequent anniversaries of his death. More information

Cerkiew greckokatolicka oo. bazylianów
Greek Orthodox Church of the Basilian Fathers 
(Cerkiew greckokatolicka oo. Bazylianów)
ul. Miodowa 16
This is one of the Catholic churches in Warsaw practising the Eastern Orthodox rite. The Greek Catholics represent the largest of the Byzantine Churches to recognize the papal primacy. In June 1999, John Paul II met with the Greek Catholic hierarchy and its faithful in this church on Miodowa. In this meeting he mentioned, among other things, his brief and unexpected visit in 1987, when he entered the church and kissed the icon inside. He wanted thereby 'to give expression to his great appreciation not only for the Order of Basilian Fathers, but for the entire Greek Catholic Church which was at the time forced into silence'.

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