ADDRESS OF POLISH BISHOPS TO THEIR GERMAN BROTHERS IN THE PASTORAL OFFICE OF CHRIST

Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński

Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński

Stefan Wyszyński (1901-1981), the Primate of Poland, Interrex. John Paul II the Great called Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński the Primate of the Millennium (Poland’s Millennium of Christianity: Baptism 966 – 1966).

On November 12, 1948 Stefan Wyszyński was appointed Archbishop of Gniezno and Warsaw – the Primate of Poland by His Holiness Pius XII. On January 12, 1953 he was nominated a Cardinal.

Cardinal Wyszyński attended the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). On November 18, 1965, during the conclusion of the Council debate, Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński and the Polish Bishops presented the Address of Polish Bishops to Their German Brothers in the Pastoral Office of Christ, in which they announced:

We forgive and ask for your forgiveness.

Most Reverend Council Brothers,

We take this opportunity before the closure of the Council to announce to you, most venerable Brothers and our closest western neighbors, the most joyful news: in the coming year, A.D. 1966, the Church of Christ in Poland, together with the whole Polish nation, will be celebrating the Millennium of its Baptism and of its existence as a nation and state.

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