Does anyone have any information on Blessed Jerzy? I’ve read the official website and Wikipedia but there seems to be a lack of information in English about him.
The Wiki entry** seems pretty detailed. What more did you want to know about him that isn’t there?
**Jerzy Popiełuszko (Polish pronunciation: ˈjɛʐɨ popʲɛˈwuʂkɔ]; September 14, 1947 – October 19, 1984) was a Roman Catholic priest from Poland, associated with the Solidarity union. He was murdered by three agents of the Polish communist internal intelligence agency, the Służba Bezpieczeństwa, (English: Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder. He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified on June 6, 2010.
(**Wikipedia entry on Jerzy Popieluszko)
Also, I see there are several books by/about him available on Amazon (but you do have to use the regular “l” in his name - Jerzy Popieluszko - to see the results).
Father Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of Truth
This documentary is coming out in 2013.
Father Jerzy was a simple parish priest who was killed for speaking God’s truth. When the communist government of Poland imposed marshall law, people were brutalized and the church was their only refuge. Fr. Popieluszko began preaching at a church in a working class suburb of Warsaw. He was a soft spoken man who preached non-violence. He simply talked about human dignity and God given rights. He championed the idea that it is God and not government that is the source of human rights.
He had an immense following and his Sunday sermons attracted such large crowds that the church could not accomodate all, and people stood outside, in cold and darkness, just to hear his words.
Father Jerzy was bludgeoned to death on a remote highway, where the plain clothes policemen stopped his car. His body was thrown into a roadside ditch.
His murderers were tried 30 years later, but showed no remorse.