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14.05.2024

Meeting with George Weigel on the anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II – 13 May 2024

Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)
Meeting with George Weigel, Warsaw – 13 May 2024; photo: M. Bujak (IPN)

On 13 May, the President Lech Kaczynski's Central History Point hosted a discussion with Professor George Weigel, author of the publication entitled Witness of Hope. A Biography of Pope John Paul II. The meeting was organized by the IPN Historical Research Office.

The date of the meeting was no coincidence. 13 May 2024 marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

When the two then most powerful men of the free world – Ronald Reagan and Polish Pope John Paul II – met for the first time in June 1982, they referred to the assassination attempts that had taken place on both of them a dozen months earlier. At that time, they recognized that since the Lord had decided to leave them in this world, they most likely had a divine work to do. And they both contributed to the collapse of the communist system, said the IPN President Karol Nawrocki, PhD.

 

George Weigel (born 1951) is an American Catholic neoconservative author, political analyst, and social activist. He currently serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation. He is the author of the biggest and best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope, and Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace. The Witness to Hope was also made into a documentary film.

The discussion was moderated by Piotr Dmitrowicz, director of the Museum of John Paul II and Primate Wyszynski in Warsaw.


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