Family Home of John Paul II

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„And now you have come to me …” – the Polish institute in Vienna.

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On October 16, 2018 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the election of the Holy Father John Paul II to the Chair of Peter. During his 26-year pontificate, the Pope visited Austria three times: in 1983, 1988 and 1998. During the meeting of October 19th this year in Vienna, the reverend prof. dr hab. Wojciech Zyzak, Rector of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, recalled the messages and spiritual indications of these three apostolic visits in Austria. The presentation of the Museum Family Home of the Holy Father John Paul II in Wadowice was made by the director of the institution, the reverend dr Jacek Pietruszka.

In the course of his three pilgrimages to Austria, the Holy Father visited eight of the nine federal states. During the first apostolic trip in 1983 the Pope participated in the Katholikentag (Catholic Days) of the Catholic Church in Austria. During the „Vespers of Europe” at Heldenplatz (Heroes’ Square), the Holy Father said: „What brought the European continent to unity in its variety was above all the spread of a single Christian faith”. The Pope also visited the church of St. Joseph in Kahlenberg and the Marian shrine of Mariazell.

The second apostolic visit in 1988 took place under the motto „Yes to Faith – Yes to Life”. John Paul II presided over Vespers in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and visited the former German Nazi concentration camp KL Mauthausen in Upper Austria. During the last papal pilgrimage in 1998, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral, in the Landhaus Park in Sankt Pölten and in Heldenplatz in Vienna.