The Church of Saint Peter the Apostle was built as an offering of thanks for the election of Karol Wojtyla as Pope and for the life of the Holy Father after the assassination attempt on the 13th May 1981 in St. Peter’s square. The building, began in 1984, was consecrated on 14.08.1991 by Pope John Paul II.
„I give my thanks to everyone, who together with your priest, Father Michal Piosek, had a hand in this work. This new church blends into the panorama of old Wadowice from the side of the Skawa river and the first elevations of the Beskid region.”
John Paul II
A statue of John Paul II by the Italian artist Luciano Minguzzi is placed in front of the church. On one side of the church is a Chapel, on the other side is a bell tower housing three bells, a gift from John Paul I’s home town – Vittorvio Veneto; the bells are named John Paul I, John Paul II and Saint Peter. The entire complex nestles in the hillside of the Beskid Maly range – from behind it resembles a mountain shelter huddled into the mountainside. On this side the Dean, Father Tadeusz Kasperek set up a place of rest and of active recreation. Inside the church the centre is occupied by the main altar with a copy of a fresco by Perugin from the Sistine Chapel. The altar is in the shape of the horizontal projection of Saint Peter’s Basilica and is made out of red marble against the background of a white slab of marble. From the altar flow two ribbons of red marble symbolising the „trickles of blood” of the Holy Father shed during the assassination attempt, creating the shape of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Two side altars are also found in the church – Our Lord of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Fatima, which is particularly revered as can be seen from the numerous offerings of thanks.
„So many years have passed from the time when I left Wadowice. However, I always return to this town with the feeling that I am awaited here as in a family home...
It is well known how important the first years of one’s life, one’s childhood and youth are in forming a person’s personality and character. These years are for me inextricably linked with Wadowice, with this town, which at the time held the title of „Royal Free Town of Wadowice”, and also with this region, with the river Skawa and the Beskid mountain range”.
John Paul II
Tłumaczenie Krystyna Lenik
Tekst z książki przewodnika "Moje Miasto Wadowice" autor Janusz Jędrygas przewodnik Beskidzki, Tatrzański, Terenowy, Instruktor Przewodnictwa