Date of ‘Primate of Millenium’ beatification announced

Beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the Primate of Poland between 1948 and 1981 called the “Primate of Millennium” will be beatified in Warsaw on June 7, 2020, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz announced on Monday.

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In January 2019, a commission of doctors at the Vatican congregation approved the miracle documentation. Then the decree was approved by a commission of theologians. The last stage was the recent approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops. Earlier in October, Pope Francis signed a decree recognising a miracle attributed to Cardinal Wyszyński.

Cardinal Nycz announced that the act of beatification will be celebrated by a messenger of the pope, a prefect of Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Becciu. The ceremony will take place at Piłsudski square in central Warsaw.

June 7 will be a Thanksgiving Day celebrated in the Warsaw diocese on the first Sunday of June.

“I invite everyone: church communities, parishes, dioceses and others… to join the preparations of beatification of the Lord’s Servant Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, so that we all be ready, also spiritually, for event of June 7,” Cardinal Nycz said.

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Primate of Millenium

Born in 1901, Cardinal Wyszyński was called the “Primate of Millennium” in Poland. After WWII he was nominated to Archbishop of Warsaw and Gniezno, western Poland, as well as the Primate of Poland. He was the youngest bishop in Poland when Cardinal August Hlond nominated him as his successor.

In 1950, he was the author of an agreement with the communist regime, which was criticised by the Holy See. Regardless of the agreement, the authorities introduced many repressions against the Roman-Catholic Church in Poland. In 1953, the cardinal was detained by the regime and then kept in a few monasteries in Poland for three years.

He was a primate when Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyła was elected pope and took the name of John Paul II.

Cardinal Wyszyński acted as an intermediary in the negotiations between the regime and the opposition trade union Solidarity in years 1980-1981.

He died of cancer on May 28, 1981. His funeral was a massive patriotic event and a moving manifestation of patriotism. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the ceremony on Warsaw’s Victory Square (today Józef Piłsudski’s square).