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Miracle of the Vistula centenary


The centenary of the ‘Miracle of the Vistula’, also known as the Battle of Warsaw, on August 15 1920 will be celebrated by Adelaide’s Polish communities at their Mass centres at Unley and Ottoway at 10am and Morphett Vale at 10.30am on Saturday August 15. 

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Viscount Edgar Vincent d’Abernon, a British politician and diplomat, made a claim that the battle of Poland’s capital was one of the most important battles in world history, alongside Marathon, Blenheim, Hastings and Waterloo.

In his book Eighteenth Decisive battle of the World: Warsaw,1920, he said that had the Poles ‘failed to arrest the triumphant advance of the Soviet Army at the Battle of Warsaw, not only would Christianity have experienced a dangerous reverse, but the very existence of western civilisation would have been imperiled’.

Fr Wieslaw Pawlowski SChr, priest for the Polish community in the Adelaide Archdiocese, said the significant battle was almost unknown to the English-speaking world.

“The victory ensured the rebirth of Poland after the World War I and prevented the spread of the Russian Revolution by force of arms,” he said.

“That important military victory had an important religious dimension. The Blessed Virgin Mary, so highly venerated in Poland, appeared in the sky over two locations over the battle grounds, near Ossow and Radzymin. This was considered as a significant sign of blessing for the Polish army.”

Fr Pawlowski has prepared the following publication for the event. ENG – Fatima and the Miracle of Vistula Homily 8 Nov 2018


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