26/07 - 31/07/2016



Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, Metropolitan of Krakow from 1979-2005, has died


Cardinal Macharski was vice-chairman of the Polish Episcopate for many years (1979-94) as well as head of the Commission for Catholic Education and the Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity. He retired in June of 2005 and moved into the Ecce Homo Sanctuary of St. Brother Albert in Krakow. He died 2 August 2016.

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski will be laid to rest in Wawel Cathedral. The funeral celebrations will begin on Tuesday at 7:00pm. Mass in the presence of the tomb holding his remains will be held in Ecce Homo Church of the Albertine Sisters on ul. Woronicza. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Grzegorz Ryś. Cardinal Macharski spent the last years of his life in the Albertine monastery.

On Wednesday, Cardinal Macharski’s body will be taken to the chapel in the Bishop’s Palace in Krakow, where a mass for the employees of the curia will begin at 10:00am. At 6:00pm, the tomb will be taken to the Franciscan Basilica; there, vespers will take place.

Residents of Krakow and the entire archdiocese will have the opportunity to pray before the tomb of the metropolitan of Krakow all of Thursday. Mass will be held  at 5:00pm that day and will be celebrated by the chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Staniaław Gądecki. After mass, at around 7:00pm, the funeral procession will depart from the Franciscan Basilica via ul. Grodzka toward Wawel Cathedral, where the body of the late metropolitan of Krakow will remain at night and throughout the celebrations.

The funeral celebrations will take place on Friday at 11:00am in Wawel Cathedral. The body of Cardinal Macharski will rest in the crypt of the bishops of Krakow, under the altar-tomb of St. Stanislaus.

A book of condolences will be displayed in the hall at the entrance to the Krakow Curia starting at 5:00pm on Tuesday.

Photos: Adam Stawiarski, Piotr Drabik

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