Funeral for Polish nun who rescued Jews during Holocaust
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish nun who was believed to be the oldest nun in the world and was recognized as a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust was laid to rest on Thursday after dying last week at the age of 110.
Sister Cecylia Roszak was remembered as modest and merciful as nuns and other members of the church gathered in Krakow to bid her farewell.
Poland: Exit poll gives centrists edge in key mayoral races
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An exit poll suggested Poland's populist ruling party lost mayoral runoff elections Sunday in key cities including Krakow and Gdansk, though it wasn't immediately clear how hundreds of other local races were leaning.
Poland's local elections have received more international attention this year amid the rise of populist governments in other parts of Europe and around the world.
The Latest: Exit poll: Poland ruling party losing mayorships
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Poland (all times local):
An exit poll suggests Poland's populist ruling party has lost mayoral elections in Krakow and Gdansk in local runoff votes.
Runoff races for mayor in 649 cities, towns and local municipalities took place on Sunday, two weeks after a first round of voting. Projections were not immediately available for most places.
Officials confirm ruling conservatives’ defeat in Warsaw
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's electoral officials say a pro-European Union opposition party has defeated the ruling conservatives in local elections in Warsaw.
Sunday's nationwide elections were a popularity test for the conservatives, whose policies have drawn street protests and prompted clashes with EU leaders.
‘Disruptive’ man in Tinkerbell dress ousted from Ryanair jet
LONDON (AP) — Authorities say a man dressed as Tinkerbell has been removed from a plane at London's Stansted Airport for disruptive behavior.
Passengers described how police arrived and escorted two men, including one wearing a green dress and fairy wings, off the Ryanair flight to Krakow, Poland before takeoff.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, two Holocaust survivors and some 200 others took part in a symbolic ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to a Jewish cultural center in Poland to support the renewal of Jewish life.
The ride Friday began at the site of the former Nazi German death camp and ended at the Jewish Community Center of Krakow, 55 miles (89 kilometers) away, site of a growing Jewish community.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government plans to spend up to $8.8 billion by 2028 on cleaner heating as part of its efforts to fight smog, the Polish prime minister said Thursday.
Mateusz Morawiecki spoke at a government committee tasked with fighting air pollution under a new "Stop Smog" program.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's leading archbishop deplored on Sunday comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom."
Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said he heard about the comments with "great pain and regret" and has discussed them face-to-face with Msgr. Edward Staniek, who made them in a Feb. 25 church speech in Krakow.
Polish president visits Jewish center amid Holocaust dispute
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president visited a Jewish community center Tuesday amid an upsurge of domestic anti-Semitism and international criticism of a new law that makes it a crime to blame Poland for the Holocaust crimes of Nazi Germany.
In a conciliatory gesture, President Andrzej Duda visited the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, the southern Polish city that was home to a vibrant Jewish community before it was decimated during World War II.
Baby, it’s cold in there: Explorers test endurance in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Using a group of explorers, scientists are testing the endurance of humans and equipment in temperatures around minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit) at a laboratory in southern Poland.
The "Taming the Freeze" experiment began Tuesday and is expected to go on for 100 hours. Survivalists and mountain climbers are locked in a lab filled with snow and wind generators at the Mechanical Department of Krakow Technical University as long as they can stand it.
Lufthansa plane makes safe emergency landing in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An airport spokeswoman in southern Poland says a Lufthansa jet carrying over 40 people made a safe emergency landing shortly after takeoff when the pilots decided to turn back. No one was hurt.
John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport spokeswoman Monika Pabisek said the airport was operating as usual after the incident on Thursday.
Poles mark day of the dead with visits to family graves
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles marked All Saints' Day on Wednesday with prayers and visits to cemeteries, lovingly adorning the graves of loved ones and national heroes with candles and flowers.
The Nov. 1 holiday is a key holiday in the mostly Catholic country, a solemn day for remembering the dead and spending time with family that ranks in spiritual significance only after Christmas and Easter.
Roman Polanski in Poland for documentary on his early life
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish film company said Tuesday that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has traveled to Poland to appear in a documentary about his early life during the Holocaust and after the war in Poland.
The KRK Film company said that Polanski was in Krakow to see the site of the former ghetto where he was held as a child by the German Nazis. His mother was taken from there to her death at Auschwitz, and later his father made him flee the ghetto.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's move to give politicians influence over Supreme Court (all times local):
Thousands of government opponents are gathering in Warsaw, Krakow and other cities across Poland to urge President Andrzej Duda to reject legislation that would give the ruling party control of the Supreme Court and the judiciary.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new exhibition in southern Poland shows the brutality of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz through the artistic work of its inmates. Some of the artworks are being shown publicly for the first time.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israel has protested a UNESCO vote that called it the "occupying power" in Jerusalem's Old City which includes sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Participants in a UNESCO World Heritage Committee's session in Krakow, Poland, called on "Israel, the occupying power" to stop "persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices" in East Jerusalem and especially in the Old City.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When President Donald Trump arrives in Warsaw on Wednesday night he will be the eighth U.S. president to visit Poland, one of the staunchest U.S. allies in Europe. Here is a history of the previous presidential visits:
Richard Nixon, arriving in May 1972, ended his speech at Warsaw's airport saying "Niech zyje Polska" (Long Live Poland).
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Midfielder Mitchell Weiser scored the winning goal as Germany beat high-scoring Spain 1-0 to win the Under-21 European Championship on Friday.
Spain was in a formidable form in the tournament, scoring 12 goals in four previous wins. But the favorite failed to replicate its flowing attacking football in the final. The Germans, after knocking out England in a penalty shootout in the semifinals, secured a second title in this category after success in 2009.
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Saul Niguez scored a second-half hat trick to fire Spain into the final of the Under-21 European Championship with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Italy on Tuesday.
Seeking its fifth title, Spain will meet Germany in Krakow on Friday.
Saul broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A school in Poland unveiled a plaque Tuesday that commemorates 87 Jewish girls who were expelled in 1939 during the Nazi occupation of the country.
The event in Krakow is one in a growing number of efforts by teachers and children to commemorate the Jews who lived in Poland before the Holocaust, which was perpetrated by Nazi Germany largely in occupied Poland.
Nazi’s son returns art that his family looted in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The son of a Nazi official has returned three artworks that his family had looted from the southern Polish city of Krakow during World War II.
Polish officials said Monday they hoped the gesture by Horst von Waechter of Austria would inspire other Nazi descendants to follow suit.
13 hospitalized after bus crash of US band Dillinger Escape
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A police spokeswoman in Poland says 13 people have been injured after a truck rammed into the bus carrying American band The Dillinger Escape Plan to a concert in Krakow.
Aneta Wlazlowska from the police in Radomsko said Sunday that band members were not seriously hurt but were taken for tests at the local hospital. A pregnant woman traveling with the band was not hurt.
Poland buys private art collection that includes a da Vinci
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Culture Ministry finalized a deal Thursday to buy a precious private art collection that includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, acting to ensure that the collection will remain part of Poland's patrimony for further generations.
The collection includes some 86,000 objects, among them da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine," Rembrandt's "Landscape with the Good Samaritan" and works by Renoir.
Poland’s president talks with opposition, protests spread
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police removed several protesters blocking a prominent Polish governing party member's car Sunday in a southern city as the president met in the capital with opposition leaders to help solve a growing political crisis.
Poland in talks to buy da Vinci, other works from owners
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Culture Ministry says it is making efforts to preserve for the nation one of Europe's most precious private art collections that includes works by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.
The ministry said Friday the goal is to ensure the Czartoryski family collection, based in Krakow, southern Poland, receives proper care, and to preserve the artworks "in Poland for future generations."
New Krakow archbishop named to replace former top papal aide
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski from the central Polish city of Lodz will be the new archbishop of Krakow, succeeding the retiring Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Catholic church authorities in Poland announced Thursday.
Jedraszewski, 67, said he understood Krakow's significance to the history of both Poland and its Catholics and received the appointment by Pope Francis "with obedience and great gratitude."
Poland’s former president, wife reburied after new autopsy
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former president, Lech Kaczynski, and his wife, were reburied on Friday following exhumations and post-mortems required for the new investigation into the 2010 plane crash that killed them and 94 others.
The Catholic reburial service for the couple took place at St. Leonard's Crypt at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, where many of Poland's royals and writers are buried.
Poland exhumes president, wife killed in 2010 plane crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The bodies of former Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife have been removed from their tomb in Krakow, the first of more than 80 exhumations planned on prominent Poles killed in a plane crash in Russia in 2010.
US man honored for role in saving Polish treasure from Nazis
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts fisherman and former U.S. Army private has been honored by Poland for his role in returning cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
The Gloucester (GLAH'-stur) Times (http://bit.ly/2eEjtp8 ) reports Curtis Dagley was awarded a Bene Merito medal for helping save the 15th-century altarpiece of St. Mary's Church in Krakow.
Hundreds mourn top filmmaker Andrzej Wajda in Poland
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of people including politicians, actors and family packed into a church Wednesday to mourn Poland's leading filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, an honorary Oscar winner.
A metal urn with Wajda's ashes, surrounded by white flowers, and his black-and-white portrait were placed by the altar at the 13th century Holy Trinity church of the Dominican friars in Krakow, southern Poland.
Ukraine beats nomadic Kosovo 3-0 to end winless run
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — It's a tough life on the road for new FIFA member Kosovo.
Sunday's 3-0 loss to Ukraine in a Group I game staged in Poland meant the Kosovans have conceded nine goals this week at neutral venues.
Fresh off a 6-0 "home" loss to Croatia which was actually played in Albania because Kosovo still doesn't have a certified stadium, Kosovo had to face Ukraine in Poland because the Ukrainian government doesn't recognize the tiny Balkan nation's independence.
Concerns about crowd trouble as Ukraine plays Kosovo
Anti-discrimination group Fare Network says there is "a very high risk" of crowd trouble when Ukraine plays Kosovo in a World Cup qualifier Sunday in Poland.
Far-right fan groups in several Eastern European countries are strongly opposed to Kosovo's participation and claim the tiny Balkan nation is rightfully part of neighboring Serbia.
Catholic charity to sell Pope Francis’ cars used in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need.
Germany’s Cologne Cathedral gets new St. John Paul II relic
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne's famous cathedral will soon be getting a new relic of a saint, with the gift of a drop of Pope St. John Paul II's blood from Krakow Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.
Dziwisz, the former aide of the Polish pontiff who died in 2005, gave the relic to Cologne Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki as a 60th birthday present.
The Cologne archdiocese announced Tuesday Woelki is now giving the relic to the cathedral.
World Youth Day, which was started by St. Pope John Paul II in 1985, is a six-day pilgrimage and celebration created to bring the youth of the world (Catholic or not) together in prayer with the pope to help strengthen and prepare them to spread Christ’s message to the world. I first heard about World Youth Day from my older sister, who went to the one held in Madrid, Spain in the year 2011. After hearing her stories and seeing how much it had changed her life, I then decided to attend World Youth Day when I was old enough. This year in Krakow, Poland, my dream was fulfilled.
After more than 10 days spent in Poland for World Youth Day, all our pilgrims and chaperones from the Diocese of Bridgeport have returned home safely, transformed by this remarkable experience shared with almost 2 million young from close to 190 countries across the globe.
Polish Cardinal Franciszek Macharski dies at 89
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, a popular Polish prelate who served for many years as archbishop of Krakow, inheriting the position opened by the election of Pope John Paul II, died on Tuesday. He was 89.
Macharski held one of the top positions in Poland's Catholic church in an era when the church played a leading role in opposing the communist system — action that helped to undermine the regime's authority in the eyes of many Poles.
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis told young people who flocked by the hundreds of thousands to his words Sunday that they need to "believe in a new humanity" stronger than evil, and cautioned against concluding that one religion is more violent than others.
Organizers of the Catholic jamboree known as World Youth Day estimated 1.5 million youths attended his Mass at a meadow near Krakow, many of them having camped out in sleeping bags from a vigil service of prayer,...
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):
Pope Francis says he won't address child molestation allegations against a top Vatican Cardinal who is one of his most-trusted aides until justice officials in Australia have made a determination.
The pope told reporters on the plane Sunday returning from World Youth Day in Krakow that the accusations against Cardinal George Pell, Francis' top financial adviser, ...
Raw: Pontiff Leads Final Mass in Poland
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Here is a look at all past World Youth Day meetings, which grew out of encounters between Pope Paul II and youth in Rome in 1984 and 1985. As Pope Francis wrapped up this year's edition of the global celebration in Krakow, Poland, he announced the next will be in Panama in 2019.
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):
Organizers of World Youth Day, a global Catholic celebration, say that 1.6 million attended an event with Pope Francis in a huge meadow on Saturday evening.
No independent estimates were immediately available.
The event drew a large crowd to a meadow in Brzegi, a village outside of Krakow.
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Relics of saints aren't rare in Krakow, especially these days.
Embedded in a gray memorial stone, a story below the altar where Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday in a shrine dedicated to St. John Paul II, is a glass bubble filled with blood drawn from the Polish pontiff shortly before his death in 2005.
The round, transparent vial of blood is just one of several relics of John Paul in this southern Polish city where he served as a...
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland (all times local):
A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, says an estimated 800,000 people took part with Pope Francis in an artistic Way of the Cross ceremony at Blonia meadow in Krakow.
Francis has called on young pilgrims attending World Youth Day ceremonies in the southern Polish city to show mercy to refugees and other persecuted people, saying Friday that...
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local):
A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, says Polish church officials estimated that upward of 500,000 young people from around the globe joined in a pep rally led by Pope Francis in a Krakow meadow, in southern Poland.
Lombardi told reporters Thursday evening in Krakow that clearly the "situation is one of enthusiasm"...
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, warned grimly Wednesday that the world is at war, but cautioned against labeling it a war among religions.
At the start of his first ever trip to Eastern Europe, where anti-migrant sentiments have been rising, he also encouraged Europe to welcome refugees from war, hunger and religious persecution and called for "courage" and...
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Poland for World Youth Day events (all times local):
The head of Poland's Episcopate says that Pope Francis invoked empathy for migrants and the Gospels in his closed-door meeting with Poland's bishops.
The meeting was held Wednesday, at the start of Francis' visit to Krakow, in southern Poland, where he is joining hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe in celebrations...
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis is coming to southern Poland from July 27-31 to meet with young people from around the globe who gather for the World Youth Day, which is being held July 25-31. Here's a look at his trip and the places he will be visiting.
WHY IS THE POPE VISITING?
World Youth Day was established in 1985 by Polish-born Pope John Paul II, whom Francis declared a saint in 2014, and aims to inspire young people to follow Christian values of peace...