Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Salt mine church exposes Poland's Catholic roots

Guides tell the story of St. Kinga, a Hungarian princess who became the patron saint of mines
St. Kinga's Chapel is 101 metres below ground level. Its altars house relics of St. Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners, and St. John Paul II, who visited the mine before he became Pope. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Signs of Catholic faith are everywhere in Poland. Go shopping in the busy capital, Warszawa, and you'll see nuns at the train station. Climb the Tatra Mountains and you'll take in the view next to a looming black cross. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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