Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church in Poland’

Polish Greek Catholic Church bans priests’ phone use during Mass

Thursday, March 7th, 2024
Greek-Catholic Church

The bishops of three Polish dioceses of the Greek Catholic Church have issued decrees forbidding priests and deacons from using digital devices during Eucharist and Reconciliation. The move comes in response to a growing trend of clergy incorporating technology into Masses and confessions, prompting concerns about distractions and the sanctity of these rituals. Bishop Arkadiusz Read more

Outrage in Poland prompts Vatican to give reason for Catholic bishop’s resignation

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

The announcement that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Archbishop Andrzej Dziega of Szczecin-Kamien with no explanation caused a bittersweet reaction in Poland, once viewed as the testing ground for the 2019 Vatican document on bishops’ accountability. Dziega was known for ignoring the victims of sexual abuse for years in his archdiocese. Still, in Read more

Pope John Paul II abuse cover-up divides Poland

Monday, March 20th, 2023
Pope John Paul II abuse

Claims Pope John Paul II knew of child sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church during his tenure as Archbishop of Krakow in Poland, but did not take action, have created divisions in Poland. The accusations on Polish TV channel TVN24 have sparked a national debate. Some defend the late pontiff’s legacy, while others demand Read more

First online parish office opens in Poland’s Catholic church

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Poland’s first online parish office has opened in the western city of Poznań, allowing Catholics to book a confession or arrange a baptism, wedding or funeral without leaving their homes. The IT system used by parishioners in the city’s Łacina district has been hailed by its developers as the future of the church at a Read more

Deep divide between Polish clergy and laity

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Polish clergy and laity divide

A new report by the Polish Catholic bishops points to a deep divide between clergy and laity, and it stresses an urgent need to rebuild the relationship between the two groups. The report summarises the results of consultations with both the leadership and the rank and file of the Polish church. “It not a report Read more

European Union all talk in helping refugees

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

A Polish bishop is accusing the European Union (EU) of being ‘all talk’. With Poland in the middle of a huge refugee crisis, Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko is asking “where’s the support?” Millions of Ukrainian refugees have been pouring across Poland’s border since the 24 February Russian invasion. There’s been no support at all from the Read more

Polish Catholic convents open doors to refugees

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Almost 1,000 Polish Catholic convents have opened their doors to Ukraine’s refugees. The UN refugee agency says by March 14, almost 1.8 million people had entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion on February 24. The Council of Major Superiors of Congregations of Women Religious (the Major Superiors) in Poland says as at Read more