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Catholic Shrines & Places of Interest in Poland

The nation of Poland has a rich Catholic history, but also one of tremendous persecution. Throughout these periods of strife the people have remained devoutly Catholic. It can arguably said that is is the most Catholic of all European countries, as the others have drifted far from their Christian roots.  Of course, no one can dispute the effect that one Polish priest had on the world: Saint (Pope) John Paul II. His Pontificate helped launch what was certainly one of the most significant events of the 20th Century, as Poland finally broke away from Communist domination and he became the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years.

But there is more to see in Poland as well, including the famous Shrine of Divine Mercy. It was Saint John Paul II who was instrumental in making the Sunday following Easter Divine Mercy Sunday.  And a host of other places that will inspire you and appreciate your Catholic faith.

Among the places of interest to Catholics in Poland are:

Auschwitz: Extermination camp and cell of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Bardo Slaski:  Sanctuary of the Guardian of the Faith

Czestochowa: Our Lady of Czestochowa (the Black Madonna)

Debowiec:  Minor Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette

Glotowa:  Eucharistic Miracle of Glotowa

Gietrzwald: “The Lourdes of Poland”

Gdansk-Matemblewo: Sanctuary of Our Lady of God_

Gor sw Anny:  Saint Anne’s Mountain

Gostyn: Basilica of Swieta Gora (The Church on the Holy Hill)

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: Often called “the Polish Jerusalem”

Krakow: Shrine of Divine Mercy, Basilica of Saint Florian, St Stanisaw Kostka Church, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Blessed John Paul II Centre, Basilica of the Virgin Mary

Legnica: Eucharistic Miracle in Święty Jacek Church (declared in 2016)

Licheń Stary:  Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń

Lezajsk: Basilica of Saint Mary of Lezajsk

Ludzmierz:  Our Lady of Ludzmierz

Markowa:  Blesseds Józef and Wiktoria Ulma

Niepokalanow: St. Maximilian Kolbe’s “City of the Immaculata”

Piekary Slaskie:  Our Lady of Social Justice and Love

Poznan:  Many Catholic Shrines & Churches

Skepe:  Shrine of Our Lady of Mazovia Kuyavia (Virgin Mary of the Expectant) 

Slupca:  Miraculous Crucifix in the Church of Saint Leonard

Sokolka:  Eucharistic Miracle in the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua

Swieta Lipka:  Shrine of Our Lady of Swieta Lipka

Wadowice: (home town of Pope John Paul II)

Warsaw: Several Shrines (Shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszky, National Temple of Divine Providence)

Zakopane:  Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima


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