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St Sigismund parish
05-507 Słomczyn
85 Wiślana Str.
Konstancin deanery
Warsaw archdiocese, Poland

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Martyrology of the clergy — Poland

XX century (1914 – 1989)

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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - C. 1932, source: pl.wikipedia.org, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
    C. 1932
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis, source: www.cudaboze.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - Contemporary image, source: sanktuariumploki.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - 05.1946, Płoki, posthumous photo, source: polska1918-89.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - contemporary painting, source: krakow.gosc.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
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religious status

blessed

surname

RAPACZ

forename(s)

Michael Francis (pl. Michał Franciszek)

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    Bust, Fr Michael Rapacz gymnasium, Tenczyn
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - Tomb, Marian Sanctuary, Płoki, source: www.it-jura.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
    Tomb, Marian Sanctuary, Płoki
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - Commemorative cross, Fr Michael Rapacz martyrdom site, Płoki, source: przelom.pl, own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
    Commemorative cross, Fr Michael Rapacz martyrdom site, Płoki
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  • RAPACZ Michael Francis - Commemorative plaque, military field cathedral, Warsaw, source: own collection; CLICK TO ZOOM AND DISPLAY INFORAPACZ Michael Francis
    Commemorative plaque, military field cathedral, Warsaw
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beatification date

15.06.2024

the RC Pope Francismore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2018.09.08]

function

diocesan priest

creed

Latin (Roman Catholic) Church RCmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.09.21]

diocese / province

Cracow archdiocesemore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2013.05.19]

Military Ordinariate of Polandmore on
en.wikipedia.org
[access: 2014.12.20]

date and place
of death

12.05.1946

Płokitoday: Trzebinia gm., Chrzanów pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.12.18]

details of death

During World War II, started by German and Russian invasion of Poland in 09.1939, during German occupation, collaborated with Polish clandestine resistance Home Army AK (part of Polish Clandestine State).

After end of hostilities of the World War II, after German defeat and Russians victory resulting in start of Russian occupation, threatened by local Commie‐Nazi activists of the Russian–controlled republic prl.

Prob. in 04.1946 Commie‐Nazis in Trzebinia passed a „death sentence” on him.

Warned decided to stay with his parish — was to say: „Even if I had to drop dead, I will not stop preaching this Gospel and I will not renounce my own cross”.

During the night of 11/12.05.1946 attacked in his rectory by a gang of local Commie‐Nazi thugs (c. 20 men strong).

Marched out from the rectory (other residents were locked in their rooms), dragged by a line around the church, beaten, tortured and finally led c. 1 km to a nearby forest.

There hit into the head and shot by 4 pistol bullets.

cause of death

murder

perpetrators

Russians / Poles

date and place
of birth

16.09.1904

Tenczyntoday: Lubień gm., Myślenice pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]

presbyter (holy orders)
ordination

01.02.1931 (St Anne in Cracow collegiatemore on
pl.wikipedia.org
[access: 2021.12.19]
)

positions held

1937 – 1946

administrator — Płokitoday: Trzebinia gm., Chrzanów pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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⋄ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Nowa Góratoday: Krzeszowice gm., Kraków pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
RC deanery

1931 – 1937

vicar — Rajczatoday: Rajcza gm., Żywiec pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ St Lawrence the Martyr and St Casimir the Confessor RC parish ⋄ Żywiectoday: Żywiec urban gm., Żywiec pov., Silesia voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
RC deanery

1931 – 1933

vicar — Płokitoday: Trzebinia gm., Chrzanów pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.12.18]
⋄ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC parish ⋄ Nowa Góratoday: Krzeszowice gm., Kraków pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
RC deanery

till 1931

student — Krakówtoday: Kraków city pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ Department of Theology, Jagiellonian University UJ

1926 – 1931

student — Krakówtoday: Kraków city pov., Lesser Poland voiv., Poland
more on
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[access: 2021.06.07]
⋄ philosophy and theology, Theological Seminary

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Ribbentrop‐Molotov: Genocidal Russian‐German alliance pact between Russian leader Joseph Stalin and German leader Adolf Hitler signed on 23.08.1939 in Moscow by respective foreign ministers, Mr. Vyacheslav Molotov for Russia and Joachim von Ribbentrop for Germany. The pact sanctioned and was the direct cause of joint Russian and German invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the World War II in 09.1939. In a political sense, the pact was an attempt to restore the status quo ante before 1914, with one exception, namely the „commercial” exchange of the so‐called „Kingdom of Poland”, which in 1914 was part of the Russian Empire, fore Eastern Galicia (today's western Ukraine), in 1914 belonging to the Austro‐Hungarian Empire. Galicia, including Lviv, was to be taken over by the Russians, the „Kingdom of Poland” — under the name of the General Governorate — Germany. The resultant „war was one of the greatest calamities and dramas of humanity in history, for two atheistic and anti‐Christian ideologies — national and international socialism — rejected God and His fifth Decalogue commandment: Thou shall not kill!” (Abp Stanislav Gądecki, 01.09.2019). The decisions taken — backed up by the betrayal of the formal allies of Poland, France and Germany, which on 12.09.1939, at a joint conference in Abbeville, decided not to provide aid to attacked Poland and not to take military action against Germany (a clear breach of treaty obligations with Poland) — were on 28.09.1939 slightly altered and made more precise when a treaty on „German‐Russian boundaries and friendship” was agreed by the same murderous signatories. One of its findings was establishment of spheres of influence in Central and Eastern Europe and in consequence IV partition of Poland. In one of its secret annexes agreed, that: „the Signatories will not tolerate on its respective territories any Polish propaganda that affects the territory of the other Side. On their respective territories they will suppress all such propaganda and inform each other of the measures taken to accomplish it”. The agreements resulted in a series of meeting between two genocidal organization representing both sides — German Gestapo and Russian NKVD when coordination of efforts to exterminate Polish intelligentsia and Polish leading classes (in Germany called «Intelligenzaktion», in Russia took the form of Katyń massacres) where discussed. Resulted in deaths of hundreds of thousands of Polish intelligentsia, including thousands of priests presented here, and tens of millions of ordinary people,. The results of this Russian‐German pact lasted till 1989 and are still in evidence even today. (more on: en.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
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Pius XI's encyclicals: Facing the creation of two totalitarian systems in Europe, which seemed to compete with each other, though there were more similarities than contradictions between them, Pope Pius XI issued in 03.1937 (within 5 days) two encyclicals. In the „Mit brennender Sorge” (Eng. „With Burning Concern”) published on 14.03.1938, condemned the national socialism prevailing in Germany. The Pope wrote: „Whoever, following the old Germanic‐pre‐Christian beliefs, puts various impersonal fate in the place of a personal God, denies the wisdom of God and Providence […], whoever exalts earthly values: race or nation, or state, or state system, representatives of state power or other fundamental values of human society, […] and makes them the highest standard of all values, including religious ones, and idolizes them, this one […] is far from true faith in God and from a worldview corresponding to such faith”. On 19.03.1937, published „Divini Redemptoris” (Eng. „Divine Redeemer”), in which criticized Russian communism, dialectical materialism and the class struggle theory. The Pope wrote: „Communism deprives man of freedom, and therefore the spiritual basis of all life norms. It deprives the human person of all his dignity and any moral support with which he could resist the onslaught of blind passions […] This is the new gospel that Bolshevik and godless communism preaches as a message of salvation and redemption of humanity”… Pius XI demanded that the established human law be subjected to the natural law of God , recommended the implementation of the ideal of a Christian state and society, and called on Catholics to resist. Two years later, National Socialist Germany and Communist Russia came together and started World War II. (more on: www.vatican.vaClick to attempt to display webpage
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[access: 2023.05.28]
)

sources

personal:
www.swzygmunt.knc.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.05.19]
, pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2013.05.19]
, www-old.inib.uj.edu.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2021.12.19]

original images:
pl.wikipedia.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2017.11.07]
, www.cudaboze.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.10.31]
, sanktuariumploki.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2017.11.07]
, polska1918-89.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2021.12.18]
, krakow.gosc.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2021.12.18]
, gimten.edupage.orgClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.10.31]
, www.it-jura.plClick to attempt to display webpage
[access: 2014.10.31]
, przelom.plClick to attempt to display webpage
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