Vatican’s Secretary of State lauds St. John Paul, asks Poles to be open to children
June 05, 2014
Speaking on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Poland, Cardinal Pietro Parolin paid tribute to St. John Paul II as “a patron of your freedom” and hailed the courage of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, who served as primate of Poland from 1948 to 1981.
“You [give] thank[s] for St. John Paul II and his great pontificate,” said the Vatican’s Secretary of State in Warsaw, as reported by the Polish Catholic weekly Niedziela. “The Lord has done such great things through him!”
Cardinal Wyszynski, he added, “was very brave to face up difficult times of the Communist regime, giving an example of love to Christ and Church. If it had not been for him, there would have not been the Polish Pope.”
He continued, “Courage! God does not take away anything, but fills us with grace if we trust him. I encourage you to entrust yourselves to Divine Providence and not be afraid of accepting [the] children whom God wants to give to you.”
“Let your nation still give birth to new saints,” Cardinal Parolin added. “They will decide about the fate of your homeland! They are also needed by the Church and the world.”