Remembering the Pope

Polskie Kwiaty (Polish Flowers) for our Pope

I remember the smile on my Dadís face and how excited he was as a Polish American when a Polish Pope was chosen! Pope John Paul II was a hero to our family right from the start. We followed his wonderful achievements throughout his life with pride, tears and smiles. I will never forget my first visit to Poland to teach English with my husband and son just after communism ended. It was evident that they were so very proud of him and the impact and influence of John Paul II was so visible everywhere. Yes, he was a hero, in Poland, in the world and in our hearts.

When my husbandís choir, the Cathedral Singers of Camden, went to Rome a few years ago, I made a gift to take to our beloved Pope. We had learned a Polish folk song called Polskie Kwiaty or Polish Flowers. I remember hearing that he loved this song, so I framed the words of the song with flowers I pressed from my garden including a few pressed blooms from our trip to Poland.

I was thrilled to send this up to the Holy Father with the priest from our group, Father Michael Spagnolo. I have always liked to think that he might have hung it and looked at it at times when he like to remember the meadows and beautiful gardens of his beloved Poland. God Bless Pope John Paul II, the Pope of all the people!

written by Lorraine Grochowski Kiefer, contact the author by e-mail

Check these pictures of the student houses below. The students city in Krakow is situated near the apartment where my parents and I lived. I could see these houses, about 20-30 stories high from our kitchen windows. The names of these buildings are: Babilon - because women (baby) are living there, Capitol, Olymp and the highest of them all (were live mainly for male students from a technical university) - Akropol. Compare the pictures below with the images of the houses during the day.

The photographs show how students in Krakow where the pope was an arcbishop celebrate the pope - the picture in the very bottom shows all four skyscrapers. These and more photographs are available at the following link

Check some books written by the pope:

Love and Responsibility, by Karol Wojtyla, H.T. Willetts (Translator)

Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words

written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn

Check several articles about the pope.

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