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The Opening of the Exhibition 'Winner. Primate for the Church and Homeland' at Warszawa Wschodnia Railway Station

The Opening of the Exhibition 'Winner. Primate for the Church and Homeland' at Warszawa Wschodnia Railway Station
photo: PKP S.A./The Opening of the Exhibition 'Winner. Primate for the Church and Homeland' at Warszawa Wschodnia Railway Station
19 / 02 / 2023

Last week, at the Warszawa Wschodnia railway station, was inaugurated an exhibition 'Winner. Primate for the Church and Homeland.' The exhibition, prepared by the Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski Institute for the Heritage of National Thought, aims to show the role played by Blessed Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński in the life of the Catholic Church and the social and political space of the Polish People's Republic. The exhibition will be on display until the end of March this year.

Inauguration of the exhibition

The ceremonial opening of the exhibition was attended by the Bishop of Warsaw-Praga Romuald Kamiński, the Director of the IDMN, Prof. Jan Żaryn and Krzysztof Golubiewski, a member of the Management Board of PKP S.A.

The exhibition had its premiere on the eve of the beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński at the Museum of the Warsaw Archdiocese, where it was presented in September and November 2021. Thanks to the cooperation between the Institute for the Heritage of National Thought and Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A., travellers will be able to see it in the hall of the Warszawa Wschodnia railway station until the end of March this year.

"This exhibition is part of the agreement between the Institute and PKP S.A. It is not the first exhibition that will circulate railway stations throughout Poland, and it is one of many examples of what other state institutes are also doing today in the name of disseminating knowledge about outstanding events and figures. Undoubtedly, railway stations are places where we can learn history, where we can gain knowledge – in this case, about Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński," stressed Prof. Jan Żaryn during the inauguration.

Purpose of the exhibition

The exhibition aims to present the figure of Cardinal Wyszyński in various aspects of his activity. As one of the most important figures of the post-war period, he played a significant role not only in the bosom of the Catholic Church but also in the social and political space of the People's Republic of Poland. The exhibition, therefore, seeks to show the historical significance of the person of the Primate of the Millennium in a cross-sectional, albeit condensed, form.

"In addition to our activities to commemorate the most eminent Poles through plaques and monuments appearing at railway stations, we also open occasional exhibitions. Today we are evoking the memory of an eminent Pole. We hope that passengers who use our railway stations daily will have a moment to read about this figure, deepen their knowledge and promote these figures so that they also live in our space today," said President Krzysztof Golubiewski during the event.

Pastor and patriot

The exhibition focuses mainly on two areas of the Primate's activity: his service to the Church and his service to the Homeland. It shows Blessed Stefan Wyszyński both in his role as a pastor, who made a clear contribution to the changes associated with the Second Vatican Council, but also as a Primate-Patriot, fighting for his nation, human rights and its freedom. The question of the Primate's activities in direct contact with the authorities of the People's Republic of Poland and the description of his activities for Catholic universities and Polish émigré circles were not omitted either.

"The Primate perfectly sensed the needs and intentions of the nation, and he knew the soul of the Pole. Two events particularly mark the period of his ministry: The Great Novena before the Millennium of the Baptism of Poland and the peregrination of the image of the Virgin of Jasna Góra. All this served to strengthen the faith, to strengthen not only spiritual matters but also care for the spiritual and material well-being of the Polish nation. One must admit that he fulfilled these tasks superbly,' said Bishop Romuald Kamiński about the Primate of the Millennium.

The authors of the exhibition are the deputy director of the IDMN, Paweł Skibiński, PhD, professor of the University of Warsaw, Rafał Łatka, PhD, professor of UKSW, and Rafał Kowalczyk.

Source: PKP S.A.