Hungarian commemorations in Southern Poland

A new statue of Pope John Paul II was inaugurated in Krakow on 23 June, while on 24 June the renovated tomb of Abbot Canon Máté Várzély was consecrated in Orawka. Both projects were realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

On June 23, 2021 the statue and memorial plate of Pope John Paul II were inaugurated in Krakow. The statue by Hungarian sculptor Lajos Győrfi, was unveiled by Miklós Soltész, Secretary of State for Churches, Minorities and Civil Affairs and by Robert Tyrala, Rector of the Pontifical Theological University in Krakow. The inauguration was followed by a concert of the St. Ephraim Men's Choir at the Saint Pope John Paul II Sanctuary.

Pope John Paul II - sculpture by Lajos Győrfi

Pope John Paul II - sculpture by Lajos Győrfi

On June 24, László Kiss-Rigó, Bishop of Szeged-Csanád consecrated the recently renovated tomb of Abbot Canon Máté Várzély in the church garden of the municipality of Orawka (former Kisárva) and inaugurated an information board presenting the church’s history in Hungarian.

The statue and the memorial plaque of Saint Pope John Paul II were realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz. While the renovation of the tomb of the parish priest Máté Várzély and the setting up of the information board were carried out in the framework of the Year of National Unity. The statue is located in front of the Library of the Papal University of John Paul II, while the memorial plaque can be found in the crypt of the Pope John Paul II Sanctuary, in the chapel of Queen St. Hedwig, daughter of the Hungarian-Polish King Louis I.