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15 January 2023

Poland: the relics of St. Raphael Kalinowski exhibited in the Shrine of Divine Providence

On  November 11, 2022, Independence Day, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz presided at the Mass at the Shrine of Divine Providence, concelebrated by Archbishop Field Wiesław Lechowicz and Archbishop Grzegorz Kaszak, by the two OCD Provincials of Poland, by a multitude of priests and by numerous friars of the Order. Representatives of public authorities, including the President of the Republic, Andrzej Duda, also participated. At the beginning of the celebration, the relics of St. Raphael Kalinowski were introduced into the sanctuary, after which the President of the Polish Republic lit the candle of Independence.

The initiative to introduce the relics of St. Rafał Kalinowski among the 16 relics of other Polish Saints and Blesseds already gathered in the Shrine of Divine Providence was carried out by the custodian of the Shrine of Czerny, Father Paweł Hańczak, who is promoting the cult of the Patron Saint of Siberia, railway workers and soldiers.

(Photograhic credits: Przemysław Keler KPRP / Br. Jerzy Suszek OCD /