By any worldly measure, 1946 was an
in Poland. With the exceptions of Cracow and Lodz, every Polish city lay in ruins. The homeless and displaced numbered in the millions. As a ruthless Stalinism tightened its grip on a country that had been doubly decimated during World War II, losing 20 percent of its pre-war population, heroes of the anti-Nazi resistance were executed on spurious charges by Poland’s new communist overlords. Yet in the oft-puzzling ways of providence, that Polish
was also an
in which the seeds of a far brighter future were planted.
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector, and acolyte upon lay men and