Preparations start for Cardinal Wyszynski beatification ceremony

The Archdiocese of Warsaw has informed the public about which measures need to be taken to gain access to the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński’s beatification ceremony.

The beatification of one of Poland’s greatest religious leaders in modern times, will take place at Piłsudski Square in Warsaw on June 7th. Following the ceremony, a procession will take off with the cardinal’s relics to the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw’s Wilanów district.

Father Przemysław Śliwiński, the spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Warsaw, has used the media to convey the message that the faithful who will want to attend the ceremony, must take measures by mid-March to gain an entry card for the event.

Father Śliwiński clarified that the faithful will need to turn to their parish priest, preferably before March 15th, to receive a card. Poles living abroad should turn to a Polish Catholic Mission active in the country they live in. In case any complications would appear, people have been asked to refer to the website.

Stefan Wyszyński is venerated in Poland as a religious and also political leader, who guided the nation in some of its most difficult moments during Stalinism. Wyszyński became the Primate of Poland in 1948 following the death of his predecessor, Cardinal August Hlond.

Wyszyński was elevated to the rank of Cardinal by the Holy See on January 12th 1953. Only months later, the communist regime decided to put him under house arrest in revenge for the calls for resistance against the communist system espoused by the Polish Catholic church. He was released after three years, following the events of the so-called “Polish October” and the end of Stalinism in 1956.

In 1966, Cardinal Wyszyński presided over the celebration marking the millennium since Poland’s Christianisation in the year of 966. The celebrations took place in rivalry with the communist regime which organised a state-led celebration of a millenium of Polish statehood.

The election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as Pope in 1979 is considered one of Cardinal Wyszyński’s life achievements. He passed in 1981 at the age of 79 following a battle with abdominal cancer. The process leading to his beatification started in 1989 but it wasn’t until the congregation for the Causes of the Saints had officially approved one of his miracles on October 3rd 2019 that it became clear Cardinal Wyszyński would be beatified.

Hundreds of thousands of Poles participated in Cardinal Wyszyński’s funeral in 1981, which turned into a huge patriotic manifestation against the communist regime. Massive crowds are also expected to gather at Piłsudski Square in Warsaw on June 7th for the Cardinal’s beatification