Delayed because of the pandemic, Cardinal Wysznski’s beatification ceremony is set for September 12, 2021.
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CNA Staff, Apr 23, 2021 / 06:13 am America/Denver (CNA).
The beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former Primate of Poland who heroically resisted communism, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12.
Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz announced April 23 that the beatification ceremony would be held in the Polish capital, Warsaw, at noon local time.
Nycz, the archbishop of Warsaw, said that Wyszyński would be beatified alongside Sr. Róża Maria Czacka, a Polish nun who died in 1961 after a lifetime of service to blind people.
“During the September ceremony, Pope Francis will be represented by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who will promulgate the decree of beatification,” he said in a statement.
Nycz announced last April that Wyszyński’s beatification, originally scheduled for June 7, 2020, in Warsaw’s Piłsudski Square, had been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus crisis.
“A pandemic threatening the health and life of people makes it impossible to prepare and carry out this ceremony,” he said at the time. “The first priority must be concern for human safety.”
Wyszyński is credited with helping to preserve and strengthen Christianity in Poland despite the communist regime’s persecution from 1945 onwards.
He is known as the “Primate of the Millennium” because as Primate of Poland he oversaw a nine-year program of preparation culminating in a nationwide celebration of the millennium of Poland’s baptism in 1966.
In 1953, Wyszyński was placed under house arrest by Communist authorities for three years for refusing to punish priests active in the Polish resistance against the Communist regime.
He also helped to secure the approval of Karol Wojtyła as archbishop of Kraków in 1964, which ultimately led to Wojtyła’s election as Pope John Paul II in 1978.
Wyszyński died on May 28, 1981, 15 days after Pope John Paul II was shot in an assassination attempt. Unable to attend the cardinal’s funeral, John Paul II wrote in a letter to the people of Poland: “Meditate particularly on the figure of the unforgettable primate, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński of venerated memory, his person, his teaching, his role in such a difficult period of our history.”