The “Have No Fear!” Centre of John Paul II in Krakow (Cracow)

The private secretary of Pope John Paul II of many years’ standing, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, put forward a proposal to build a centre to commemorate our Holy Father. The idea was to create a place of prayer, education and voluntary service, a place for meetings and exchanging views.

As its motto, the Centre has the words of Pope John Paul II, spoken during the inauguration of his pontificate: “Have no fear! Open wide the door for Jesus Christ.”

The construction has lasted since 2008 and has included: Saint John Paull II Sanctuary, John Paul II Institute, a volunteer centre, a hotel and a pilgrim’s guest house, a retreat centre, an amphitheatre, outdoor Stations of the Cross, a rehabilitation centre, a meditation and recreation park and other facilities.

The Sanctuary is a truly unique place. Its custodian is the Centre’s Chairman – curate Jan Kabziński. It is located on two levels. The upper part is formed by the main church, while the lower part houses by the Relic Church, surrounded by numerous thematic chapels. Among the relics and mementoes of Saint John Paul II there are e.g.: an ampulla with the Pope’s blood placed in a marble altar, a papal pastoral cross, papal chasuble and the cross in front of which Saint John Paul II prayed during his last Way of the Cross in the Roman Colosseum.

Among the many symbols, it is worth paying attention to the Sacredotal Chapel, modelled on Saint Leonard’s Crypt at the Wawel Royal Castle. There, one can find the slab from the first tomb of Saint John Paul II in the Vatican Grottoes.

It is worth bearing in mind that the Centre is located in Krakow (Cracow), between Łagiewniki and Borek Fałęcki, in the place of the old Solvay plants, in which Karol Wojtyła used to work during World War II as a factory worker.

The “Have No Fear!” Centre of John Paul II in Krakow (Cracow) 

Friday, 18th October 2019
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