Photographer's Note

Catholic Church is losing believers in the western part of the world. Ireland is an interesting example: in the past a new prime minister went to Vatican for his/her first international trip. About three years ago, Irish prime minister accused Pope of interfering with Irish internal affairs! This is quite a change and it is a consequence of the paedophilia scandal in Catholic Church.

Polish Catholics are not discouraged by similar crimes among Catholic clergy. They rather blame media that they dare to criticize Church. The facts that Polish Bishops, quite contrary to what current Pope suggests, live in palaces and are driven in really expensive cars seem natural here. Similarly quite open engagement of Catholic clergy in politics is an acceptable standard in Poland.

If Poland seems one of the most Roman Catholic countries in the world, then imagine the most Catholic region in Poland... it is my home town Tarnów. Tarnów educates the highest number of Catholic priests than any other diocese in the world. Over 70% of believers regularly attend mass every Sunday. In the Christmas period it raises to over 90%.

There are plenty of churches in Tarnów as you can imagine. Old wooden churches of this region (Malopolska) are recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage. Here a relatively new structure: Church of Our Lady of Fatima.

Info about the church:
Build: 1957-1960
Architects: Jerzy Kozłowski, Krystian Seibert, Zbigniew Wolak.
Tower height: 45m
(source in Polish only HERE)

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7493 W: 106 N: 19621] (75113)
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