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Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek has passed away.

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Sad news arrived yesterday evening: Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek, for whom John Paul II was of great importance during his pastoral ministry and scientific work, has passed away in Krakow.

Tadeusz Pieronek was born in 1934 in Radziechowy near Żywiec city. After graduating from high school, he joined the Metropolitan Major Seminary in Krakow. He was ordained a priest in 1957 and then he continued his studies in canon and civil law, first in Lublin and later in Rome. The period of his studies in Rome coincided with the time of the Second Vatican Council. It was thanks to his presence in the Eternal City that he became the informal secretary of Bishop of Cracow, Karol Wojtyla, who attended the Council.

From the moment his appointment was announced by Archbishop Wojtyla, who in 1964 had become Metropolitan of Krakow, he exercised many functions in the Episcopal Curia of Krakow and at the Seminary, combining them with his scientific works. One of the most important functions entrusted to him is that of General Secretary of the Pastoral Synod of the Cracow Diocese (1972-1979).

On March 25, 1992, in connection with the administrative reorganization of the Church in Poland, John Paul II appointed Tadeusz Pieronek an auxiliary bishop in the newly created Diocese of Sosnowiec. On April 26, 1992, in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Pope conferred on him Episcopal Ordination. In 1998, he submitted his resignation and he became a resident of the Archdiocese of Krakow and in the years 1998-2004 he was the rector of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. The Church in Poland owes him, among other things, an important contribution to the preparation and the implementation of the concordat.

Bishop Pieronek, as part of his functions performed in the episcopate, actively participated in the preparation of papal pilgrimages in 1997 and in 1999. He also contributed to the creation of the Foundation “Work of the New Millennium”. He participated in the process of beatification of the Polish Pope. The bishop visited the Museum Famili Home of the Holy Father John Paul II in 2014.

Rest in peace.