On September 1, 2018, the International World Prayer for Peace Center was inaugurated in Niepokalanów, Poland.
Since then, many faithful have visited the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. They come day and night to pray a while before the altar-monstrance known as the eighth “Star in the Crown of Mary, Queen of Peace.” This altar was blessed at the Vatican by Pope Francis on August 29, 2018. A monitoring system put in place shows that there are 30,000-40,000 visitors each month. This is undoubtedly cause for joy, but it also calls for a certain amount of pastoral ministry.
In 1216, our Patriarch Saint Francis begged the Holy Father to grant to all those who visit the Portiuncula, a “full and generous pardon.” Inspired by this, the friars felt they should meet with all the pilgrims, so that, like St. Francis, they might “send them all to Paradise.” On January 14, 2019, a request was sent to the Holy See, which was answered by a Decree dated February 5, 2019, from His Eminence, Mauro Cardinal PIACENZA, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Thus the grace of Plenary Indulgence was granted to those who are “truly repentant, confessed and communicated, who make a devout pilgrimage to the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration in Niepokalanów, and who meditate for some time before the “Star in the Crown of Mary, Queen of Peace Altar,” and conclude their adoration by praying the Our Father, the Creed and, at the end, invoking the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe”.
At the same time, the Apostolic Penitentiary has reached out to the many faithful who, because of age, illness or severe impediment, are unable to visit the pilgrimage site. They too can take advantage of this Indulgence, if by “detesting all sin, and, if possible, first fulfilling the three usual conditions”, and “being placed before any sacred image of the Eucharist, they spiritually add their prayers, sufferings and other inconveniences of their lives, to their Eucharistic adoration and offer them to the merciful Lord “.
The friars are encouraged to spread the word about this sacred place, and to promote its Eucharistic adoration and the prayer for peace connected with it. Finally, everyone is invited to visit the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration in Niepokalanów.
Friar Wiesław PYZIO,
Minister Provincial of the Province of the Immaculate Mother of God in Poland (Warsaw)