October 11, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI speaks about Bl. Stanislaus Papczyński
In a taped statement played over two huge screens displayed in Lichen during the beatification ceremony, Pope Benedict XVI congratulated the Congregation of Marians, which had waited for this day for more than 300 years.
This morning in Poland, at the Shrine of Lichen, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, my Secretary of State, in my name proclaimed as blessed Father [Stanislaus] Papczyński, founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers. I address a cordial greeting to the faithful gathered together for this happy occasion and to the many people who are devoted to this newly beatified son of the Church in whom they venerate a priest who was exemplary in preaching, in the formation of the laity, a father of the poor and an apostle of intercessory prayer for the dead. Translation by ZENIT