On the JP2online portal you will find numerous interesting, so far unpublished or little known reference materials about John Paul II. You can search for them by typing a selected password in the search field or by browsing through the collections of individual organizations that have their profiles in the Collections tab.
Seek, and you will find!
  • 100 interviews with witnesses of the life of Karol Wojtyła / the pontificate of John Paul II from the collection of the Centre for Thoughts of John Paul II recorded in 2007-2018. Each of the interviews lasts about half an hour and is made up of the most interesting excerpts from several hours of notation. The interviewees are: scientists, clergy, friends and colleagues, members of the „Milieu”,  that is Fr. Wojtyła's tourist pastoral  group, people of culture, journalists and organizers of pilgrimages.
Among them there were: Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki - Secretary of John Paul II; Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, working in the Vatican, Szewach Weiss - former ambassador of Israel to Poland, Wojciech Jaruzelski - General who introduced martial law in Poland in 1981, Prof. Jerzy Janik - initiator of the meetings which turned into talks in Castel Gandolfo, families befriended with Wojtyła - Mr. and Mrs. Grygiel and Mr. and Mrs. Rybicki.

  • 54 interviews with witnesses of the life of Karol Wojtyła / the pontificate of John Paul II from the Media Archive of the Tertio Millennio Institute, recorded between 2006 and 2010. Each of the interviews lasts about half an hour and includes excerpts from longer ones - about 2 hours.
Selected interviewees: Sister Prof. Zofia Zdybicka and Prof. Mieczysław Krąpiec, who cooperated with Cardinal Wojtyła at the Catholic University of Lublin; Prof. Krzysztof Michalski - an organizer of meetings in Castel Gandolfo, Halina Królikiewicz-Kwiatkowska - an actress who played with Karol Wojtyła in Wadowice and later in the Rhapsody Theatre.
  • Recordings of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Film Chronicle from the years 1960-1978 - historical video recordings showing, among others, the celebration of the 1966 Millennium Baptism of Poland. These are black-and-white, silent recordings, recorded by Father Adam Włoch SHJ on 16 mm tape.
  • Documentaries on John Paul II, both produced by the Centre for Thoughts of John Paul II and donated by Filmoteka Narodowa - Audiovisual Institute.

In order not to get lost in the jungle of thousands of files, we suggest a small review of the resources, which classifies them according to the form of archives:

  • Nearly a thousand programmes (reports, radio broadcasts, news magazines) of the Polish Radio related to Pope John Paul II, recorded between 1978-2016, including:
- breaking news after the assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981
- a statement by Primate Stefan Wyszyński recorded shortly before his death (at that time the dying Primate asked the faithful to pray not for him, but for John Paul II who was lying in hospital after the attack)
  • 286 homilies and papal speeches delivered during all eight journeys to the Homeland in the Polish Radio collection
  • Selected statements by Karol Wojtyła recorded at meetings of the Polish Bishops' Conference of 1968-78 from the resources of the Archdiocese of Warsaw ( previously unpublished), including:
- reports of Cardinal Wojtyla from his meetings in Rome with Pope Paul VI and discussions on the issues of the universal Church and the Church in Poland. These documents show the great trust that the then Pope had in the Cardinal of Cracow, as well as Wojtyla's contribution to the encyclical 'Humanae vitae'.
- Wojtyla's reflections on Vaticanum II and the Millennium of Polish Baptism
- a report by Wojtyla on the meeting with the state authorities
  • Programmes produced by the Centre for Thoughts of John Paul II as part of the 'Radio Freedom' project, which was prepared on the 30th anniversary of John Paul II's first pilgrimage to Poland, including a series of talks by Tomasz Terlikowski entitled: 'Revolution from the Spirit”.

  • 1000 photographs from Br. Cyprian Grodzki, a Franciscan who documented the life of the Church in Poland in the 60s, 70s and 80s, from the archives of the Friary of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Fr. Franciscan) in Niepokalanow. The photographs depict, among others, the events of the first three pilgrimages of John Paul II to his homeland and the celebrations of the Millennium of Baptism of Poland and the Great Novena. You can find there such gems as the photograph of Cardinals Wojtyla and Wyszyński on the bus on the apron on the way to Germany in 1978.
  • More collections of photographs coming soon: selected photographs from the collections of the Primate Institute, where you can see Primate Wyszyński and Cardinal Wojtyła spending their holidays together, as well as photographs by Mr. Stanisław Składanowski, a valued photographer from the Tricity.