Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Cracow: We desire to keep in our hearts the words of John Paul II: Fear not!

We do not fear. We want to overcome the challenges, we want to press ahead, and above all we want to be together, learn love from each other, help each other in these difficult times and care for each other, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the opening ceremony of the Park of Mercy in Cracow’s district of Łagiewniki. She also greeted the volunteers and participants of the World Youth Day. 


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Planting yew trees

Prior to yew tree planting ceremony in the Park of Mercy Prime Minister Beata Szydło said the we all belong to Pope John Paul II generation.  She stressed that Pope John Paul II exerted great influence on Poles. Today's ceremony is a symbolic moment. We are about to open the Park of Mercy in the John Paul II Institute where, above all, there is concern to let the teachings of the great Pole reach the people and the entire world all the time because this was the purpose of Pope John Paul II’s life, said the Prime Minister.

I hope that in these challenging times, full of various dangers, events of concern, we will listen intently to Pope’s words which once gave encouragement to the Polish nation, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło alluding to Pope John Paul’s appeal: “Fear not”.

Welcoming the pilgrims

During the consecration ceremony of the Park of Mercy in Saint John Paul II Sanctuary the Prime Minister welcomed the youth who arrived to the celebrations of the World Youth Day. We are happy to have you here. Enjoy. I know you are coming from all over the world, Prime Minister Beata Szydło addressed the guests. The Prime Minister said that she believed that the World Youth Day in Poland would be a great lesson which would change the face of this land.

Sanctuary of John Paul II “Fear not!”

John Paul II Institute “Fear not!” is located within so-called White Seas near Łagiewniki District.  It was constructed on the former location of Solway production plant in which Karol Wojtyła, the future pope, worked during the war. It is the most important centre of live memory of the person and work of John Paul II in Poland and in the world.


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