Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 14 May |
The Feast of Saint Matthias
home iconNews
line break icon

Another priest in Poland suffers injuries from attackers

St. John the Baptist parish in Szczecin

Malgorzata T. Stepien | CC BY-SA 3.0 pl

John Burger - published on 07/30/19 - updated on 07/30/19

Fr. Ziejewski will need surgery after men assaulted him.

For the second time in less than two months, a Catholic priest in Poland has been attacked at his own church.

Fr. Aleksander Ziejewski, 68, was severely beaten by three men in the sacristy of St. John the Baptist church in Szczecin on Sunday, Catholic News Agency reported.

Fr. Ziejewski was attacked shortly before the 6 p.m. Mass after responding to a call for help from the sacristan. The sacristan told the priest that three men were trying to take a priest’s vestment from the sacristy, claiming they needed it to celebrate Mass. Ziejewski told EWTN Poland that he asked the men to leave, when “one of them got angry, started to blaspheme,” and pushed both the sacristan and the church’s security guard, who was also present. CNA continued:

The same man then beat the priest before all three fled. Ziejewski said he believes the man, when he hit him, used a rosary around his hand in the manner of brass knuckles. The rosary was taken from the sacristy. The priest described his face as “flooded with blood.”

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień said Monday the priest will need surgery. Local police said that three suspects, ranging in age from 27 to 53 years old, were caught and held for questioning Monday.

This is the second recent attack involving violence against priests in Poland. On June 10, Fr. Ireneusz Bakalarczyk was stabbed while on his way to celebrate Mass at the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Sand in Wrocław. In that incident, a man approached him and started a conversation about the clergy sex abuse scandals before allegedly pulling out a knife and stabbing the priest in the chest and abdomen. Bakalarczyk has recovered after he was hospitalized and underwent surgery for internal injuries in his chest and abdomen.

Tags:
Terrorism
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
2
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
3
HOUSE OF SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA
Bret Thoman, OFS
A pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Catherine of Siena
4
PHILIPPINES CHURCH
J-P Mauro
We need better church music, say Catholics in the Philippines
5
ZMARTWYCHWSTANIE
Philip Kosloski
What happened between the resurrection and ascension of Jesus?
6
ELDER
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
A hint of the mystery of God’s love
7
MARY
Philip Kosloski
Why is Mary depicted standing on a snake?
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.