cnsnews_polandBoth the religious and the secular media have been reporting over the last few days that the Polish people and government have formally enthroned Jesus Christ as King of Poland.

The ceremony took place on 19th November 2016 at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the final day of the Year of Mercy, and was then repeated in various Cathedrals and parish Churches the following day, the solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe.

On the face of it, it may appear a strange thing to do – but there are historical precedents. In the case of Poland, it is already consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was declared honorary Queen of Poland almost 400 years ago by King John.

Poland has long been known as a distinctly Catholic country, it’s faith never waning despite the terrible scourges of the 20th Century.

Another precedent is the dedication of Portugal to the Blessed Virgin several centuries ago.

bbcnews_polandThe present call to have Jesus enthroned as King of Poland seems to date back a number of years, having previously been reported on by the BBC in late 2006, although at that time, the proposal seems not to have progressed.

That appears to have changed now, with the President of Poland, Adrzei Duda present for the ceremony.