Making even the smallest donation to our Foundation you actively support the construction of the International Center of Bl. John Paul II in Krakow, Poland
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Friends of St. John Paul II Be Not Afraid Center, Inc.
cordially invites you for pilgrimage to Poland
in the footsteps of St. John Paul the Great:
Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Zelazowa Wola - Lichen
Czestochowa - Kalwaria - Zakopane
Wieliczka - Lagiewniki - Krakow
Spiritual Leader: Rev. Can. Mirosław Krol
President of the Foundation
On November 11, 2014, Fr. Can. Mirosław Król, the president of our foundation, pastor of St. Theresa parish in Linden and custodian of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II in Linden, NJ visited Pope Francis during private audience.
During the audience the Holy Father accepted a gift from the parish of St. Theresa - an icon of the Holy Family, and also blessed the crowns for our new icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
The Pope also extended his apostolic blessing to the whole family of St. Theresa, our foundation and all pilgrims who visit our archdiocesan shrine of Saint John Paul II.
Before the audience Fr. Krol celebrated Mass with the Pope in his private chapel.
Visiting website of the Krakow's John Paul II Center, you can follow the progress in the construction of this great work, which is also created thanks to the generosity of contributors who made donations through our foundation.
According to the latest reports, the construction of the Center goes efficiently and fast, and the progress is documented in the photo gallery at the website which you can reach by clicking the following link:
In the October issue of catholic magazine "Catholic" New Jersey, in the section of "Your Stories", the article about the new Shrine of Blessed John Paul II in Linden was published. The main character is of course the pastor and also curator of the Shrine as well as the president of Friends of Bl John Paul II, "Be Not Afraid!" Center, Inc., Father Miroslaw Krol.
We cordially invite you to read! - Click HERE
New shrine of Blessed John Paul II was established on September 29th, 2013 in Linden, New Jersey. Church of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus became the Shrine which was officially announced by the Archbishop of Newark John Myers.
For many years Church of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Liden has been a place of worship and prayers through the intercession of Bl. Pope John Paul II. In the temple there are many relics of Pope which were offered during visits to the parish by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, such as: blood and hair of the Pope, skullcap, Můžete (papal cape), and the Rosary. During the ceremony of announcing of the sanctuary Archbishop John Myers gave a special gift from the archdiocese. Sanctuary received a chasuble, in which the Pope John Paul II celebrated Holy Mass during his pilgrimage to the United States in 1995.
Archbishop Myers during the ceremony in Linden said: "Pope John Paul II had a big impact on the life of our Archdiocese of Newark. During His pilgrimage to the United States He visited the Cathedral in Newark and raised it to the rank of Minor Basilica. I personally, like many of the faithful, have a special devotion to the blessed John Paul II. I believe that He was a shepherd and a man for our time and certainly will be known in future as John Paul the Great. Poles living in New Jersey are an important part of our Archdiocese. I am very grateful for the opportunity to ministry in the Archdiocese, also among the Poles. Pope John Paul appointed me bishop and archbishop, and it gives me another reason to be grateful to him. Establishment of the new sanctuary of blessed John Paul II is our tribute for the pontificate of the Pope, and I hope that it will be the place for rediscovery the teachings of the Holy Father, which He left us during his 27 years of pontificate. "