Polish tradition flourished Monday, April 18 — the day after Easter — with the first “Dyngus Day” celebration in a Brooklyn neighborhood famously known as “Little Poland.”
Bishop Mroziewski, a native of Poland, helped organize the annual Polish Heritage Mass. He had attended Cardinal Wyszyński’s beatification Mass Sept. 12 at Warsaw’s Church of Divine Providence.
Many Polish Catholics are mourning the death of Archbishop Henryk Hoser, a former Vatican envoy who helped rebuild the church in post-genocide Rwanda and later represented the pope at the Marian shrine in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The NYPD launched an investigation Wednesday into the vandalism of a statue that memorialized Polish priest and martyr, Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, who was murdered in 1984 due to his work within Poland’s Solidarity movement.
April 29 marks the day Polish Catholics solemnly remember when nearly 2,000 of the country’s 10,000 diocesan priests perished during the Nazi German occupation in World War II. The day coincides with the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.