Jasna Góra shrine is for whole world: Episcopate spokesman

Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, the spokesperson of the Polish Episcopate, discussed in an interview with PolandIN the phenomenon of pilgrimages to Jasna Góra shrine in Częstochowa, southern Poland.

Height of pilgrimage season in Poland

Thousands of Poles walk to the shrine of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, southern Poland from various places all over the country and from abroad.

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“According to recent research, about seven million Poles go on a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime,” the guest of PolandIN said.

“Every pilgrimage is an expression of people’s life and faith, this is most important. It is amazing how people can leave their homes, lives and jobs for two weeks and go for the pilgrimage. They go because they have intentions,” father Rytel-Andrianik said.

“The pilgrimage is also a form of prayer. They go with their intentions and bring the intentions of their friends. This is the clue of pilgrimage,” he added.

He also stressed that not only Poles visit the shrine in Częstochowa. “The shrine of Jasna Góra is not only a Polish treasure, for Polish people, but it is for the whole world,” the priest said.

Click here to watch the full interview with Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik.