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Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko - Priest and Martyr

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      It was determined that a priest was needed to celebrate Mass for the Solidarity, and be their spiritual director.  No one ever thought this would be a dangerous job for Jerzy Popieluszko

He would celebrate Mass, give a homily, and spiritual advice.  They neglected to consider one important thing, the man to whom they gave the job.  Jerzy went out to the factory where a strike was being held in Warsaw.  A large Cross was erected.  Fr. Jerzy celebrated Mass. During his homily, he inspired the workers, aroused them to greater determination.  By the end of the Mass, he was not just the Priest celebrating Mass for them; he was Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, their supporter and Spiritual Director. 

      Fr. Jerzy stayed with them for the next fifteen months during that strike.  During the most difficult times, when Lech Walesa and the leaders of Solidarity were sent to internment camps, as well as the factory workers in Warsaw, Fr. Jerzy worked untiringly for the union during the trials.  He did anything and everything he could.  He got legal help for them, baby sitters, food, clothing.  He became the pastor for nine million workers!  He also became a thorn in the side of the government.  The persecution began, hot and heavy.  He was constantly being harassed by the government. 

      The more they came after Jerzy, the bolder his homilies became.  He was supported by the Cardinal Primate, Cardinal Josef Glemp.  But his fellow priests worried about having him celebrate Mass in their churches.  They were afraid of his following. 

Every time he would celebrate a Solidarity Mass, thousands would attend.  His homilies were incendiary. 

The priests in the churches where the Masses were celebrated often worried about repercussions from the government.  They tried not to let him give homilies wherever possible.  But the people loved Fr. Jerzy.  He was a folk hero.

      Solidarity was declared illegal, and outlawed. 

Fr. Jerzy retaliated.  In a homily in August, 1982, he criticized the government, and at the same time, gave hope and courage to the people.  "On a December night last year, in a violent and painful manner, the agreements from Gdansk and Silesia were broken.  It was a blow and a wound that is still bleeding.  It is not mortal, because you cannot hit mortally something immortal.  Hope cannot die.  Solidarity was and is the hope of millions of Poles, and that hope is made stronger because it is connected with God in prayer."

      It was on December 13, 1981 that the communists declared Martial Law in Poland, and outlawed Solidarity. 

They began in earnest to destroy Solidarity and all its proponents.  Fr. Jerzy became a prime target.  They began by attacking him with false accusations of illegal political activity.  The communist newspaper accused him of sedition, of trying to overthrow the government.  They took offense because he accused them of hypocrisy, anti-democratic legislation, anti-human legislation, depriving the people of the basic human freedoms.

      Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko had to become a target of the Department IV, the communist equivalent to the Gestapo or KGB. 

They turned their people on Fr. Jerzy.  Threats of all kinds were leveled against him.  Harassment from every level of the government was thrown at him.  He was as much as told he would be murdered.

      The month prior to his martyrdom, Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko was warned that he had to stop bringing groups to Czestochowa, the major Marian shrine of Poland. 

Our Lady of Czestochowa is to the Polish people, much like what Our Lady of Guadalupe is to the people of Mexico.  She has been the major force which has given them hope over the centuries that they would overcome the tyranny and persecution to which they had always been subjected.  No matter what happened, whether it be the Nazis of World War II, or the Communists after the war, they knew they could count on Our Lady to make it right. 

However, this was not in keeping with the Communist policy of complete despair, lack of hope of any kind, which they had tried to instill in the people these last forty years.

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V63 - Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko
Martyr of Communism

One of the truly great modern heroes of Poland of the Communist era, a prophet, a man who gave up his life for his brothers, and whose execution brought about the downfall of Communism in Poland. Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

Fr. Jerzy was born on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. He would prove to be a super strong catalyst in bringing about the Triumph of the Cross in Poland, six years after his Martyrdom.

See special scenes from his ministry and his funeral; meet his parents and the Lady he loved in Czestochowa.


At his last Mass he said,
"We must fight evil by doing good."

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Polish Martyrs of the 20th Century
We traveled to Poland and Lithuania and brought back information
on the Martyrs of Auschwitz, Fr. Jerzy the Martyr of Communism
and the Martyrs of Nowogrodek in Belarus

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Saint Edith Stein
Saint Maxmilian Kolbe
Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko
Pope John Paul II Dry Martyr
11 Nuns of Nowogrodek
Lithuania Land of Martyrs
5 Years in Siberia
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Taped in Poland
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Edith Stein - Martyr of Auschwitz

A convert from Judaism, who died not only for her Jewish brothers and sisters, but for her executioners, saying if she did not pray for them who would. Her conversion came about through the writings of St. Teresa of Avila.


Visit Auschwitz and witness the horror of Hitler’s systematic annihilation of the helpless in this Nazi death camp. Stand at the spot where the little white cottage stood where Edith and her sister, along with other innocent victims were gassed to death.
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Visit the city of the Immaculata. Trace his life and find out why he would have been canonized even if he had not been martyred.


Go to his room and look out the window upon the statue of the Blessed Mother, he looked to for strength as he saw the gestapo coming to take him to a Death Camp.

He gave up his life for another, with the words,"I want to take this man’s place. I am a Catholic Priest." I want to take this man’s place. I am a Catholic Priest."

Go to Auschwitz & the cell block where he died at the hands of the Nazis.

Viewers Comments: Dear Bob and Penny:
I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated your recent video which I saw today about the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe. I was so touched and saddened by his great act of faith and love for others in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, not to mention his life in general.
Your presentation of his life was very beautiful and gave honor to God and the Blessed Mother. I just wanted you to know that it deepens my faith and love for God and the Blessed Mother. Your work is an act of love for those who do not know the stories of these Martyrs. His life will always be an inspiration for me and my walk as a Catholic.
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V63 - Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko
Martyr of Communism

One of the truly great modern heroes of Poland of the Communist era, a prophet, a man who gave up his life for his brothers, and whose execution brought about the downfall of Communism in Poland.

Fr. Jerzy was born on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. He would prove to be a super strong catalyst in bringing about the Triumph of the Cross in Poland, six years after his Martyrdom.

See special scenes from his ministry and his funeral; meet his parents and the Lady he loved in Czestochowa.


At his last Mass he said,
"We must fight evil by doing good."

ISBN 0-926143-47-6     $19.95

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V66 - Pope John Paul II
a Dry Martyr

Follow the life of Pope John Paul II, visiting his birthplace at Wadowice, where he lived, the Church he visited and prayed before the Lady of Perpetual Help before going to school, each day.

See the factory where he worked, studying underground for the priesthood. Visit the Church in Krakow where he said his first Mass.


Go to Kalvaria, his special Shrine, where he would climb the mountain saying the Rosary at each of the chapels.

Then go on to Rome and his life as our Sweet Christ on Earth.


Walk, cry & rejoice as you witness our gift from Jesus and Mary.

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V67 - Eleven Nuns of Nowogrodek

A poignant love story of 11 Nuns of the Holy Family of Nazareth, whose only crime was they were Nuns and were willing to die for the Faith. Visit the place of their brutal massacre by the Nazis.

Travel to Nowogrodek in Byelorussia, to their grave, their original Church & Shrine.

When they first came and were rejected in Nowogrodek, the Bishop said, "Through you little Flock, Christ will act and radiate until you enter the glory of the Father...."The town will accept you and it will be proud that it possesses you."


Visit the Holy Family Nuns in Krakow.

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V78 - Lithuania
Land of Martyrs

Like the Poles, the people of Lithuania have a holy stubborness, especially when it comes to their Faith!

A persecuted people always under attack, they turned to their God Who listened to them and answered their prayers; they placed crosses on this hill.

During the occupation of two monsters the Nazis and the Soviets, the faithful put up these crosses, and after the enemy took them down, they put them up again, at the risk of their lives!

Go with us to the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Siuliai.


See the
Gate of Dawn Chapel, and the Hill of Three Crosses.

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V80 - 5 Years in Siberia Interview
with Archbishop of Kaunas, Lithuania

Bob and Penny travelled to Lithuania to bring you a true "alter Christus" an Archbishop who shares his testimony of 9 years as a prisoner in the concentration camps of Siberia because he was a priest.

Listen to how he shares taking what little bread and grape rations he had and saying Mass at the risk of being killed

Listen as our priest tells of the atrocities he suffered and the difficulties of being a priest and tending his sheep in the prison camp.

 An important video, for this shepherd speaks to his fellow bishops and priests around the world.

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We interviewed a Polish man; he said, "I had a home. The Nazis came and burned down my home.
I built another home. The Soviets came and burned down my home. I built another home."

This is an example of the Poles we met on our trip to Poland, in search of heroes past and present.
We knew we would get to better know our Pope visiting the people he loved and the Shrines he most cherished,
but we never expected to fall so in love with a people. They say that we get the priest we deserve.
Well, we can see why the Lord sent this Pope to serve among these brave and holy stubborn people.
This is the land of Martyrs. No wonder the Pope loves the people of Mexico; they could be cousins of his
native brothers and sisters of Poland - lands of Martyrs - land of Mary, with two sister images of Mary
 Czestochowa and Loreto. Discover the treasury of faithfulness we found among the martyrs of Poland and Lithuania.

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