Poland's history has been shaped by its position in Europe surrounded by powerful and often aggressive neighbours, and it has been sustained by its strong patriotism and Catholic faith. When Cardinal Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978, the birth of an organisation called "Solidarity" led by Lech Walesa and supported by the Church, led to eventual fall of Communism and a return to democratic government.
Our Pilgrimage programme takes you first to the modern capital Warsaw where you will visit the churches associated with the World War II martyr, Saint Maksymilian Kolbe, and the more recent martyr, Fr Jerzy Popieluszko. You will visit the shrine of Czestochowa, the heart of any pilgrimage to Poland, and celebrate Mass in the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Your pilgrimage takes you finally to the beautiful city of Krakow in the South, with its 14th century Old City Square and famous castle. From here you will visit the birthplace of John Paul II and follow the Stations of the Cross at the Bernadine Monastery of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - the most popular sanctuary in Poland after Czestochowa.
This pilgrimage will be a deeply spiritual experience, as you hear about the heroes of Poland's turbulent history and the strong faith that lead them through their tribulations.
We invite group leaders to contact us for tailor made pilgrimages to Poland, travelling on dates of your own choice and following your own programme. There is also the possibility of combining with Prague in the Czech Republic.
Write also for details of City Breaks to Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Budapest.
Special Pilgrimages Ltd, 55-57 Queens Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1LT