Saint Patrick and Poland
Celebrated on March 17, the national holiday of Ireland is extremely popular not only on the Green Island, but around the world. In Poland as well, St. Patrick's Day is one of the most celebrated foreign traditions. The cult of Saint Patrick, associated with the activities of the Catholic Church, is increasing in popularity.
Remembering the Righteous
Several hundred thousand Poles have helped Jews during World War II. The Polish Institute of National Remembrance has published a special album presenting the stories of 165 Polish ‘Righteous Among the Nations’.
Record-breaking Caritas Poland food drive
Nearly 1,300 tons of food was sent over the past Christmas holidays to 80,000 people in need, including large families, single parents, the homeless and institutions run by the diocesan Caritas offices. This is the result of this year's winter food collection drive titled "Yes, I help", organized by Caritas Poland for the eleventh time.
#BetterThanThat – the United Kingdom fights hate crime
Following the June referendum, in which the British voted in favour of leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom has recorded a staggering 41% increase in the number of hate crimes. Many of them, motivated by an aversion to immigrants, have also been directed against Poles. To reverse this trend, the Polish Cultural Institute in London has launched a campaign called #BetterThanThat.
A friendly place for animals
The town of Grudziadz is spending PLN 5 million on a new animal shelter, Bydgoszcz wants to expand its unit for abandoned pets.
In rescue of a temple
A Polish foundation wants to rebuild the 13th century St. Jacob’s Church in Tel Eskof in Iraq, which was destroyed by the so-called Islamic State.
“Jan Karski, A life dedicated to freedom” exhibition at the University of Salzburg
On Tuesday evening, the director of the Polish Institute in Vienna Rafal Sobczak joined forces in Salzburg with representatives of the academic staff of the local university and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland Michael Pallauf to open an exhibition devoted to Jan Karski, the legendary courier of the Polish Underground State, lawyer and diplomat.
The young hero Antoś
On 11th November 1918, Poland regained independence. Poles started their struggle to incorporate the former lands to their Motherland, which was free at long last. On 1st November 1918, fights against Ukrainians started in Lviv. The city had been part of Poland for six centuries and was described as “always faithful” (Latin: “semper fidelis”).
Why did we humiliate the Polish aces after their Battle of Britain heroics?
"They hated the mist and the drizzle but, above all, the awful food. Fish-paste sandwiches, cabbage boiled to extinction, milky tea, warm beer", writes Daily Mail.
Lviv cemeteries to be lit with red and white candles
Fifty thousand red and white candles will be lit at Lviv cemeteries on All Saints’ Day. The Memory Light for Lychakiv project has brought together the residents of Lviv, as well as scouts and pupils from Poland. The candles will be placed at Lychakiv, Yanov and the Defenders of Lviv Cemeteries (the “Lviv Eaglets”).