Beatification of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko - Warsaw, 5-6 June 2010

After the Beatification Mass, which was attended by more than a hundred thousand people, the procession with the relics of the Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko set off from Piłsudski Square in the direction of the Temple of Divine Providence in Wilanów. It was attended by aproximatelly five thousand faithful.

Another several thousand people gathered at Pola Wilanowskie. The waiting greeted the procession before the temple - as the Polish Press Agency reported– with warm applause. The same atmosphere prevailed at the entire dozen-kilometer- route.

The procession was led by the clergymen, who were carrying a wooden cross. These were: Bishop Piotr Jarecki, Bishop Tadeusz Pikus, Fr. Maciej Zieliński and Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz. Behind them, surrounded by representatives of the clergy, the relics of Fr. Jerzy were carried and behind them the portrait of the beatified. The relics deposited in a glass casket and a picture painted by Zbigniew Kotyłło, a Lublin artist, were carried by persons representing parishes and religious circles.

In the procession there marched dozens of colour guards, including trade unions, workplaces (among them miners and steel workers), local authorities and scout teams. In all churches which the procession was passing the church bells tolled.

The relics of Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko were deposited in the Pantheon of Great Poles at the Temple of Divine Providence.

The Pantheon is located in the lower part of the temple. A symbolic grave of Pope John Paul II has been placed there. Also buried there are: Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last president of Poland in exile, Krzysztof Skubiszewski, the first after 1989 Minister of Foreign Affairs and poet Fr. Jan Twardowski.

In future, the relics of Fr. Jerzy will be placed in one of the four chapels of the upper church - in the chapel of the martyrs.