Project Description

A faith-filled pilgrimage 

~ Follow the footsteps of St. John Paul in Krakow, Poland with an optional extension to the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany ~

Travel Dates: September 25 – October 8, 2022

 Contact or 780 739 2245 for travel dates and prices.


Optional Pre-Tour: Oberammergau, Germany ~ 42nd Passion Play, 2022

Day 1  Sunday, September 25, 2022 International flight to Munich

Overnight: Onboard On-Board Meals Included: TBA

Meet TYW at the EIA for your flight to Munich

Day 2  Monday, September 26, 2022 Munich ~ 42nd Passion Play

Overnight: Oberammergau Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

Welcome to Munich ~ Private transfer to Oberammergau for dinner and overnight (as a group only)

After boarding your private coach, enjoy a scenic drive to the Neuschwanstein Castle for your guided tour. 

Schloss Neuschwanstein, also known as ‘New Swan Stone Castle’, is one of the most beautiful and famous castles in Germany. It was built by King Ludwig II, also known as Mad King Ludwig to replicate medieval architecture and to pay homage to the operas of Wagner. It was also the inspiration for the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. End your first day in Oberammergau.

Day 3  Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Oberammergau and Area

Overnight: Oberammergau Meals Included: BLD Daily Mass: TBA

Oberammergau ~  where, nearly 400 years ago a plague raged throughout Europe and in 1633 the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ every tenth year. Miraculously, the plague took no more lives in the town. True to their word, the villagers performed their first play in 1634, and have continued to do so to this day. The promise has been kept until today. From May 16th to October 4th, 2020 the 42nd Passion Play will take place in Oberammergau.

The Passion Play takes place outdoors where the sky and mountains are the backdrops. Now, more than 2,000 citizens make up the actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians that bring the play to life in approximately six hours of playing time with world-renowned costumes as well as the music presentation.  Although the play is in German, you won’t have an issue understanding what is happening during the play.  The music was written back in 1779 by Rochus Dedler, with the influences of Mozart and Haydn.   Although there have been slight adaptations over the years, it is still based on the original score.  There is both an orchestra of 60 musicians and a choir which helps bring the emotion and scenes to life. The Play will begin at 2:30 and end at 10:30, with an intermission of 3 hours, where a meal will be served.

Included: Coach transfer to and from your hotel to Oberammergau, Category 1 Passion Play performance ticket and Play Text Book

(in English), Breakfast, light lunch and dinner

Day 4  Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Altotting, Germany to Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Overnight: Cesky Krumlov Meals Included: B Daily Mass: TBA

This morning we continued to Altotting, also known as the “The Lourdes of Germany”.  In 1489 a 3-year old child drowned in a nearby pond. Her mother rushed the dead body to the altar where a statue of Our Lady (the Black Madonna) stood. As the mother pleaded for his life to be returned to him, he opened his eyes and was restored to life. Another somewhat similar miraculous healing occurred a few years later and involved another young person, this time a child had been crushed under a cart. Once again, a distraught mother brought her child to the chapel and, once again, the child was restored to life.  Today this shrine attracts over 1 million pilgrims each year. The many crutches and other votives on display there testify to the healings attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Altotting.  A young Joseph Ratzinger came here with his father when growing up and it is known to be one of his favourite shrines long before he became Pope or even a Cardinal. In 1980 Pope John Paul II also made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Altotting.  

This afternoon, depart early for South Bohemia of Czech, to the beautiful village of Cesky Krumlov.


  • 2 nights accommodation in 4* guest houses
  • Five meals = 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 light lunch
  • Category 1 Passion Play tickets – the best seating
  • Shuttle bus services in Oberammergau & area
  • Guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle
  • All local taxes & copy of the 2022 Passion Play text
  • Group transfer from Munich Airport to Oberammergau


  • International Flights *Group Air available
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Church Donations
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Gratuities

Beginning of Main Tour

* Depart your chosen Canadian gateway for Prague, Czech Republic. Arriving on September 29th to begin the main portion of the tour.

Day 4  Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Cesky Krumlov to Prague

Overnight: Prague Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

~ Cesky Krumlov – a UNESCO world heritage site built on the Vltava River around a Gothic castle from the 13th century. The two great landmarks of Cesky are the Chateau, one of the largest in Central Europe, and the Gothic Church of St.Vitus. This amazing castle complex is composed of more than forty historical buildings and a cylindrical tower that was reconstructed in its present form in the 16th century.  Today you will have a guided tour of the Castle Museum, fully furnished with historical artifacts over centuries of the noble families that resided in Cesky Krumlov as well as entrance to the Tower.  Under the Castle Complex lies the old town with its winding alleys and venerable Gothic and Renaissance homes, many galleries, little shops and inns.

Depart this afternoon for Prague, also known as the  “City of a Hundred Spires”, based on a count by 19th-century mathematician Bernard Bolzano. Today there are an estimated 500 spires. 

Day 5  Thursday, September 29, 2022 Cesky Krumlov to Prague

Overnight: Prague Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

Today, meet your Prague guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to the Royal Hill to begin your 3.5-hour walking tour of Old Town including entrance to the Royal Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane. After lunch, stroll through the former Jewish Quarter and learn about the Jewish heritage in Central Europe and its effect on European history and culture. *Optional entrances fee for synagogues is to be paid on the spot. To call Prague an artistic city is a huge understatement. From literary to painters and musicians, Prague is art.   

Day 6 Friday, September 30, 2022 Prague

Overnight: Prague Meals Included: B Daily Mass: Prague

Free day in Prague ~ a list of wonderful ideas and options will be provided for you.

Day 7 Saturday, October 1, 2022 Prague to Krakow 

Overnight:) Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

After breakfast, continue your adventures to Krakow, the former capital of Poland.

We will make a stop in Kutna Hora, a small town near Prague, which in medieval times used to be the silver-mining centre and one of the homes of the royal family.  Stroll through the Old Town admiring the beautiful Gothic church of St. Barbara. ~ Saint Barbara’s Church is a Roman Catholic church in Kutná Hora in the style of a cathedral and is sometimes referred to as the Cathedral of St. Barbara. It is one of the most famous Gothic churches in Central Europe and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. St. Barbara is the patron saint of miners, which was highly appropriate for a town whose wealth was based entirely upon its silver mines.

The next stop will be the Sedlec Ossuary – a unique chapel built in the 18th century to commemorate the victims of the black plague death and wars, where this chapel is completely decorated with human bones. Continue transfer to Poland.

Witamy! Welcome to Poland. Upon your arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in central Krakow.  Tonight enjoy your traditional Polish welcome dinner followed by an evening walk.

Day 8  Sunday, October 2, 2022 Krakow Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Overnight: Krakow Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: Krakow

Morning visit of Krakow Old Town ~ UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Discover all the highlights: Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall, the amazing St. Mary’s Basilica (with the largest medieval altar of Europe). Enjoy a visit to Wawel Hill with the magnificent Royal Castle and the Royal Bishop’s Cathedral. Next, follow Oscar Schindler and the Schindler’s Jews. Before the Second World War Poland was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. During the tour, you will discover traces of the more than 800-year history and culture of Jews in Poland, which almost completely ceased to exist after the war. Explore Kazimierz, the former Jewish district and the film locations of   “Schindler’s List”.  Walkthrough the Jagiellonian University and marvellous courtyard of Collegium Maius building where Saint John Paul attended.  

~ Wieliczka Salt Mine, visit the oldest and largest salt mines in Europe and UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the underground tour, you will discover the treasures of the mine: chambers, lakes, chapels, including the famous St. Kinga’s Chapel with its magnificent decorations all carved in salt where Saint John Paul often held mass celebrations.

Day 9  Monday, October 3, 2022 Auschwitz and Birkenau

Overnight: Krakow Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: Krakow

~ Auschwitz-Birkenau, the symbol of the Holocaust. See the exhibition in the prisoners’ blocks, the Block of Death (no 11), where St. Maximilian Kolbe died, the crematorium and the gas chamber. Then we move to Birkenau, the Gate of Death, the wooden barracks and the Victims Memorial.  

~ The rest of your afternoon is free in Krakow to explore and take in the Polish culture – See attached notes for many options.

Day 10  Tuesday, October 4, 2022 Częstochowa

Overnight: Krakow Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

~ Częstochowa, to visit the St. Paul’s Hermit monastery in Jasna Gora (the Bright Mount), where the miraculous painting of Our Lady, known as Black Madonna is kept. During our guided tour we will visit the complex of the monastery: the Holy Chapel with the Black Madonna Icon, decorated with numerous votive gifts, thanksgiving for the graces; the magnificent baroque Basilica, treasury, and the museum, old fortifications with the beautiful Way of the Cross

Day 11 Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Wadowice, the Divine Mercy Shrine and Zakopane

Overnight: Zakopane Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

~ Wadowice – the birthplace of John Paul II. Here we see his family home and the Basilica where he was baptized. 

~ Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (UNESCO), the second-largest pilgrimage centre of the Marian devotion in Poland. Considered one of the most unique monuments of culture and religiousness, it was built in the 17th -18th c. as the symbolic imitation of Jerusalem.

~ Lagiewniki, the world-famous Shrine of the Divine Mercy, the burial place of St. Sister Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of God’s Mercy who died here in 1938.    End this great day in Zakopane, the Tatra Mountains.

Day 12 Thursday, October 6, 2022 Zakopane to Budapest

Overnight: Budapest Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

Spend a lazy morning in Zakopane ~ After Mass depart for Budapest, Hungary via Slovakia.

Day 13 Friday, October 7, 2022 Budapest

Overnight: Budapest Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

After breakfast, meet your Budapest city guide and begin your day with a walking tour of ‘Buda’ where you will see the Royal Palace with the baroque facade of 300 m that overlooks the Danube, the Gothic Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, neo-set Roman ramparts and turrets that resembles a fairytale. Visit ‘Pest’, an entertainment and shopping district with the impressive building of Neo-Gothic Parliament, and monumental Heroes’ Square with numerous statues from the Hungarian history.  Take a 1-hour break for lunch at the famous Market Hall before our departure to Szentendre (Sen-tahn-dre, which means St. Andrew) ~ located at the bend of the Danube River and founded in the 14th century.  Stroll the streets shopping for souvenirs and tasty treats like lavender-lemon or strawberry-balsamic vinegar gelato. Climb to the top of ‘Church hill’ where the Saint János (St. John) Catholic Church sits looking out over this charming little town on the Danube River.  Late return to the hotel in Budapest.

After dinner, enjoy a walk to the Danube embankment for your evening cruise along the Danube River between the splendid visions of Buda & Pest.

Day 14 Saturday, October 8, 2022

Overnight: On board Meals Included: B/TBA

This morning depart for the airport and your international flight home.

Depending on flight options scheduled for 2022:

Day 15 Sunday, October 9, 2022

This is a day to explore, shop and enjoy the wonderful Market Hall or on Vaci Street. Stroll around the old Jewish Quarter ~ now a place with a bohemian kind of spirit and lovely cafes.

Optional tour being offered ~  *Eger, the beautiful prestigious wine region, with your first stop at Kovács Nimród Winery. Tour the winery and enjoy tastings. Next stop will be the Gál Tibor Cellar, an ageing cellar that is located in the downtown area. Here you will enjoy a 3-course lunch with wine tastings.  After lunch, we will have a short walking tour in Eger without any entrances.  Return to Budapest in time for your last Hungarian dinner. 

*Please note: This tour is subject to final edits and changes

B – Breakfast    L – Lunch   D – Dinner


  • 12 nights accommodations in 3 & 4* hotels
  • 12 nights accommodations in 3 & 4* hotels
  • All breakfasts and 11 dinners
  • All private coach transfers
  • Transfers from Poland to Sarajevo by coach
  • Your private and professional full-time TYW tour directors 
    • Germany ~ Neuschwanstein Castle, 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play  
    • Czech ~ Cesky Krumlov Castle, Royal Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Sedlec Ossuary and St. Barbara’s Cathedral  
    • Poland ~ St. Mary’s Basilica,  Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Family home of Saint John Paul, Lagiewniki, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy, walking city tours.  
    • Budapest ~ St. Stephen’s Basilica


  • International airfare
  • Optional Tour Extension
  • Donations for churches
  • All gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Visa – if applicable
  • Mandatory Travel Insurance


  • Czech ~ Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Kutna Hora,
  • Poland ~ Krakow, Wadowice, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Zakopane Mountains
  • Budapest ~ Walking Tour of Buda and Pest


Based on 18 travellers in shared twin accommodations

Based on land rates of 2020/21

$ TBA for 2022

Single Supplement: TBA


Travel Visa: Not necessary if travelling with a Canadian passport

Luggage Allowance: Depends on your chosen airline, please verify


September in Germany ~  Highs of 18° & lows of 10°

September in Poland ~  Highs of 18° & lows of 10°


Germany – Euro Czech –  Koruna Poland – Zloty Hungary – Forint


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*Please note: This tour is subject to final edits and changes


Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became archbishop of Krakow in 1964. 

He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.  Education in Krakow –  Jagiellonian University (1953–1954)  He has been remembered by his peers as a positive-thinking young man who was involved in sports such as soccer and skiing. In 1939 under Nazi (Adolf Hitler [1889–1945] political party, which was in power in Germany from 1933 until 1945) occupation, he enrolled at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and shortly thereafter he began secret studies for the priesthood.  Publicly, however, he worked as a labourer in a quarry and a chemical factory.

The following are included in your tour: 

John Paul II’s family home in Wadowice – Included in Tour

Visiting the small home (now a museum) where Karol Wojtyla – John Paul II’s given name – lived as a child, standing there in the very room where he was born, provides an overwhelming sense of history’s small beginnings.

The baptismal font at St. Mary’s Church – Included in Tour

Directly across the street from the place of John Paul II’s birth is St. Mary’s Church, and the baptismal font that was the place of his new birth. The grace of that one baptism in 1920 dramatically changed the history of the modern world.

The Black Madonna at Jasna Gora Monastery – Included in Tour

The famous image of the “Black Madonna” in Częstochowa was so important to John Paul II that, after surviving the assassination attempt, he had his bloodstained papal sash hung next to the image in gratitude for Mary’s intercession in saving his life. Seeing this astonishing relic next to the Black Madonna was one of the highlights of my first trip to Poland.

Auschwitz Concentration Camp – Included in Tour

This place of unspeakable human tragedy is not easy to visit. But following in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II, we will journey to the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to pray and to remember. The cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was martyred there on Aug. 14, 1941, is a beacon of light in this dark place and a witness to the triumph of love over evil, hatred, and violence.

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki  ~  Sanctuary of Divine Mercy (Sanktuarium Bozego Milosierdzia)

John Paul II canonized St. Faustina as the first saint of the new millennium. He established the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of the Divine Mercy and died on the vigil of that feast. Indeed, his entire life and death was a testimony to the message of mercy received by Faustina, his fellow Polish saint. The Latin for mercy is misericordia, which means “a heart which gives itself to those in misery.” Poland, the “martyr of nations” as it’s been called, has known its share of misery. Through St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, and the Shrine of Divine Mercy, it’s also become a witness to the world that God gives his heart to those in misery.

The Sanctuary of Divine Mercy is situated in the Łagiewniki district of Krakow, where St. Faustina Kowalska stayed in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from 1936 till her death. The humble nun has originated the Divine Mercy devotion when she revealed the details of her visions of Jesus Christ as the Savior repeatedly appeared before her and talked to her. The image of Jesus Christ the King of Divine Mercy has become a permanent feature of the Lagiewniki convent’s St. Joseph chapel in 1959. The status of the Lagiewniki convent’s old chapel of St. Joseph as the shrine associated with Saint Faustina dates back to 1968.

During your free time – you may choose to visit the following: 

Private chapel at the Archbishop’s Palace in Krakow

Enter the private chapel where Karol Wojtyla was ordained a priest and where John Paul wrote his “Theology of the Body.”

The home of Jan Tyranowski in Krakow

Jan Tyranowski, a lay mystic, held clandestine gatherings in his house teaching young Catholics about the journey of the interior life. A future pope was among those whom Tyranowski instructed in the mystical writings of St. John of the Cross, a gift that would influence the rest of Karol Wojtyla’s life, including his papacy.

Saint John Paul II Center (Centrum Swietego Jana Pawla II) 

The sanctuary of Saint John Paul II is situated in the Lagiewniki neighbourhood of Krakow, some four kilometres south of the Old town historical center. It’s accessible on foot from the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy after a five minutes walk. The actual shrine of Saint John Paul II is the octagonal Church of the Relics (Kościół Relikwii) also referred to as the lower church because it takes up the central area of the basement story of the complex’s main edifice which contains also the Church of Saint John Paul II upstairs – the upper church.  12 min drive from Krakow centre

The Shrine of Skalka (Sanktuarium na Skalce) 

Skalka is situated 20-25 minutes’ walk southward from the Rynek Główny central square of Krakow, beautifully situated on the Wisla riverbank near the Wawel Royal Castle. It’s Poland’s oldest shrine with unique significance for the Polish history and the nation’s spirituality. The Skalka Sanctuary is revered as the location of Saint Stanislaus martyrdom in 1079 and the center of the veneration of the Polish most important martyr and one of the patron saints of Poland. The present Skalka church, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Stanislaus the Bishop, dates from the mid-18th century, being the fourth temple built on the site. Visitors can still see three dark spots believed to be St. Stanislaus blood on the wall next to the martyr’s altar which itself exhibits a timeworn lump of wood is said to be a piece of the 11th-century altar step onto which the martyr’s blood spilled in 1079.

Sanctuary of the Holy Cross (Sanktuarium Krzyża Świętego)

The church of the ancient Cistercian Abbey in the Mogila area of Krakow is the home of the Sanctuary of the Holy Cross which enshrines two pieces of the True Cross that Saint Helena discovered in 328. One has been held in the Mogila Abbey from time immemorial though unfortunately, no document certified its genuineness beyond doubt. So in 1961 Krakow’s Sanctuary of the Holy Cross obtained authenticated fragments of the True Cross from the Santa Croce basilica in Rome. 15 min drive from Krakow centre.

Wawel Cathedral (Katedra Wawelska)

The Krakow Cathedral on the Wawel Hill is not only the hallowed mother church of the Krakow archdiocese but also a cluster of shrines. First and foremost, it boasts the sanctuary of Saint Stanislaus the Bishop and Martyr in the form of a mausoleum holding his relics in the centre of the nave. Also, there is an altar-shrine of Saint Jadwiga of Poland in the eastern arm of the ambulatory of the Wawel Cathedral. And The Chapel of Our Lady, with entrance in the middle of ambulatory, is the place of the daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament although the faithful can see the venerated image of the Gracious Mother of God only on special occasions and otherwise this historic icon remains deposited in the building of the cathedral treasury. 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows (Sanktuarium Matki Boskiej Bolesnej)

A chapel of the centrally located massive medieval church of Krakow’s oldest Franciscan monastery enshrines the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary of circa 1440 known as Our Lady of Sorrows. People in distress have flocked to her sanctuary for centuries. In 1908 the picture of Our Lady of Sorrows, often also called the Doleful Benefactress of Krakow, was decorated with a papal crown. The church of Saint Francis at Franciszkanska street contains also the shrines of Blessed Salomea of Poland, Blessed Aniela Salawa, and Blessed Jakub Strzemie

Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary (Sanktuarium Matki Boskiej Rozancowej)

The Dominican church of the Holy Trinity in Krakow at Stolarska street, a block from the Old Town Rynek Glowny central square, has been known for its shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary since 1668. The Gothic basilica, which dates from the end of the 14th century, also enshrines the sanctuary of Saint Jacek Odrowaz who is venerated beyond Poland as Saint Hyacinth O.P. The painting venerated in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Basilica of the Holy Trinity has been brought to Krakow from Rome and is a copy of the famous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus, worshipped in Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. The picture of Our Lady of the Rosary in Krakow’s Basilica of the Holy Trinity has been decorated with papal crowns in 1921.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Piasek (Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Piaskowej)

The fresco known as Our Lady of Piasek dates from circa 1500 and tradition attributes its origins to a supernatural intervention. Once adorning the outside wall of the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Karmelicka street, now it’s enshrined in its own chapel. From the outset, the image of the Madonna of Piasek has become renowned for mercies obtained through the intercession of Our Lady. Among others, Poland’s King Jan III Sobieski maintained that his victory over the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Vienna was attained through the prayers in Krakow’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of Piasek. The image of Our Lady of Piasek has been canonically crowned with papal crowns in 1883.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto (Sanktuarium Matki Boskiej z Loreto)

Krakow’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto is situated in a side chapel of the Capuchin church at 11 Loretanska street, a short walk westward from the Rynek Glowny central square. The chapel of 1719 is a copy of the famous Santa Casa di Loreto, worshipped as the family house of the Blessed Virgin Mary which has been transferred from the Holy Land to Italy in the 13th century.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Redemption of Slaves (Sanktuarium Matki Bozej od Wykupu Niewolnikow)

The miraculous picture of Our Lady of the Redemption of Slaves, also known as the image of Our Lady of Freedom, is enshrined in the high altar of the Church of SS. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist at sw. Jana street, one block north from Krakow’s Rynek Glowny central square. According to tradition, the veneration of the 16th-century image began in 1633 and since then Our Lady of the Redemption of Slaves has been considered the protector of prisoners and hostages, and now generally in the case of any enslavement: kidnapping as well as addictions or alcoholism. In 1965 Archbishop Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II crowned the picture of Our Lady of the Redemption of Slaves with papal crowns.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Consolation (Sanktuarium Matki Bozej Pocieszenia)

The shrine of Our Lady of Consolation takes up a portion of the medieval cloister of the Augustinian friars adjacent to the gothic Church of Saint Catherine in the Kazimierz historic district of Krakow, at Augustianska street and Skuteczna street, close to the Skalka Sanctuary. Early in the 16th century, a large mural of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Consolation was painted on its wall. In 2000 the Krakow image of the Mother of Consolation has been canonically crowned with papal crowns previously blessed in the Vatican by Pope John Paul II.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Nieustającej Pomocy)

The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is situated some three kilometres south of the Rynek Glowny central square. Its high altar enshrines a copy of the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, the 15th-century Byzantine icon worshipped in Rome’s church of Sant’Alfonso di Liguori. Since 1952 the continuous Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help has taken place in the Krakow sanctuary at Zamoyskiego street.

Sanctuary of Saint Joseph (Sanktuarium Swietego Jozefa)

A side altar in the church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 18 Rakowicka street enshrines the 17th-century large picture of Saint Joseph which became famous for graces obtained through the intercessions of the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The veneration of the painting started practically immediately on its arrival to Krakow in 1669. The relics of Saint Raphael Kalinowski are to be found in the vestibule of the church, on the right-hand side of the entrance. The relics of Saint Albert Chmielowski were buried here from 1948 to 1983.

The Ecce Homo Sanctuary (Sanktuarium Ecce Homo

The Ecce Homo Sanctuary at 10 Woronicza street is the center of the veneration of Saint Albert Chmielowski. The high altar of a little modern church enshrines the reliquary with the saint’s relics while the relics of Blessed Sister Bernardina are placed next to it. The shrine owes its name to the title of the picture painted by Saint Albert Chmielowski prior to 1904 when he still was Adam Chmielowski, an artist. The painting, now displayed at the high altar of the Ecce Homo Sanctuary, depicts tortured Jesus Christ crowned with thorns, clothed in a scarlet robe and holding a staff.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima (Sanktuarium Matki Bozej Fatimskiej

The sanctuary is situated in a rather unusual modern church of 1977 in the Bienczyce area of the Nowa Huta district. The church, dedicated to the Mother of God, Queen of Poland, is popularly called “Arka Pana”: the Lord’s Ark. This church has always symbolized the struggle of Catholics against the godless communist regime in the second half of the 20th century. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima has a form of a chapel imitating a grotto under the church’s high altar. It enshrines the venerated statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a copy of the famous statue of Our Lady of Fatima, donated by Portuguese Catholics. In 1992 Pope John Paul II granted a Canonical Coronation to the image of Our Lady of Fatima in the Lord’s Arc in Krakow.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Plaszow (Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Nieustającej Pomocy)

Since 1931 the parish church of the Holiest Heart of the Lord Jesus in the Plaszow right-bank industrial district of Krakow Has enshrined the venerated image of Madonna that dates back to the second half of the 15th century. The picture symbolizes the patronage of the Virgin Mary over marriages, maternity, and family life. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, has designated the Plaszow church as a focal point for the veneration of Our Lady, the patroness of families.

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