Jerzy Popiełuszko (pron. jɛʐɨ popʲɛwuʂko) (Okopy, 14th of September 1947 - Włocławek, 19th of October 1984) was a Polish presbyter, killed by officers of the ministry of the interior of the People's Republic of Poland. He is treated with great respect and honored as blessed by the Catholic Church.
Born in Okopy a alone village near Suchowola, his parents were farmers, in this simple environment became grown to his vocation. He was ordered priest the 28th of May 1972 in Warsaw by the cardinal Stefan Wyszyński.
Until the 1980 he was priest in his home village, occupying himself mainly of the education of children and boys, since that moment began to near the movement of Polish workers and to subjects of social justice.
Next he joined the workers of the independent trade union of Solidarność, adverse to the communist system of government. He was a anticommunist sure of his faith, and in his preachings launched criticisms to the system and invited the people to contest the system of government.
The challenge to the system of government [change]
During the period of the martial law (1981 - 1983) the Catholic Church was the only force that could have a certain possibility of criticism, through the preachings during the celebration of the masses.
The 19th of October 1984, of return from a pastoral service, was took away illegally and killed by three officers of the ministry of the interior, and his body was found the 30th of October in the waters of the Vistula close to Włocławek.
The notice of the murder caused disorders in Poland, and the authors of the murder - the captains Grzegorz Piotrowski, Leszek Pękala, Waldemar Chmielewski and the colonel Adam Petruszka - were judged guilty and stated punishment to 25 years of prison, but were freed as consequence of amnesty some year later.
The 19th of December 2009 pope Benedict XVI gave formal permission for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to issue the decree regarding "the martyrdom of Servant of God, George Popiełuszko, diocesan priest; born the 14th of September 1947 in Okopy Suchowola (Poland) and killed in hate to the faith the 20th of October 1984 in the near of Włocławek (Poland)".
Writings on the subject [change]
- Annalia Guglielmi, Popiełuszko. «Non si può uccidere la speranza», Itaca, Castel Bolognese, 2010
- Milena Kindziuk, Popiełuszko, Edizioni San Paolo, 2010
- Grażyna Sikorska, Vita e morte di Jerzy Popiełuszko, Queriniana Editrice, 1986
- Jerzy Popiełuszko, Il cammino della mia croce. Messe a Varsavia, Queriniana Editrice, 1985
- Rafal Wieczynski, Popiełuszko - Non si può uccidere la speranza, Ranieri Made s.r.l. - Mondadori, 2010