About 100,000 people took part in the 28th Pilgrimage of the Radio Maryja Family to the Jasna Góra Shrine of Our Lady. For years it has been one of the most numerous pilgrimages in Europe. The pilgrims were greeted by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer.
The motto of this year’s pilgrimage was the statement of St. John Paul II: “May Your Spirit descend! And renew the face of the earth. Of this land!”. The faithful prayed for their families on the meadows around the Shrine of Our Lady, asking for respect for everyone’s life and apologized “for insults, sacrileges, and profanities”.
In his homily, Bishop Ignacy Dec referred to the words of Pope Francis, urging the congregation to leave a comfortable couch in order to have a good time in the homily.
The celebrations at the Jasna Góra Shrine were attended by Polish parliamentarians and government representatives headed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Radio Maryja is a nationwide Catholic radio station addressing social issues. Since its foundation in 1991, it has been run by the Redemptorist Congregation. The Congregation founded Trwam Television in 2003, now part of the media of the Radio Maryja Family.
The Shrine of Jasna Góra is visited by more than 4 million believers every year. The most numerous pilgrimage is that of the Radio Maryja Family.