Theatrical play “Job” George Weigel’s lecture and employment at GB2 Studies.

On May 18 we will celebrate the second anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Culture at St. John Paul II in Rome and the 102nd birthday of John Paul II. Therefore, we are preparing unique events: a play directed by Prof. Jaroslav Kilian based on Karol Wojtyla’s drama “The Job” and a lecture by George Weigel “Reflections on Vatican Politics. The Saint as Head of State”. Soon we will also start hiring for the second edition of “JP2 Studies”.

1. “Job” Karol Wojtyla Directed by Jaroslaw Kilian with the participation of Angelikum Students – 6.30 pm // Church of St. Dominic and Sixtus at Saint Peter’s Pontifical University. Thomas Aquinas in Rome

May 18On the 102nd anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, we warmly invite you to the premiere of the film “Job” by Karol Wojtyla directed by Jaroslav Kilian with the participation of Angelikum students.

On the basis of the biblical book of Job, twenty-year-old Karol Wojtyla created a moving meditation on human destiny, reinterpreting human history from the Land of Oz in the spirit of Christian hope. During the course organized by the Institute of Culture at St. John Paul II, students of the Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II. Tomasz Aquinas has analyzed this drama and prepared to show it under the supervision of Professor. Killian.

A show to mark the second anniversary of the founding of St. John Paul II will begin at. 6:30 pm in the Church of St. Dominic and Sixtus at St. Peter’s Pontifical University. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Free entry – you are welcome!


Karol Wojtyla has been associated with theater for several decades as a critic, essayist, philosopher, theorist and playwright. As a young student in Polish Studies in Krakow, during World War II 1941, he co-founded the Rapsodic Theater with Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. He was not only an outstanding actor of this theater, but also contributed to the formation of his main ideas, which also prepared him for future service.

Bolesław Taborski, the translator of “Job” into English, said of the future pope: Karol Wojtyla, as a playwright, was not indebted to anyone and constantly built his own vision of the drama of human existence: seeing the place of man on earth in God’s plan for creation..

a. Jaroslav Kilian He is an art historian and theater director. He received a grant from the British Council and the US State Department. He trained as a theater director under Peter Brock in Vienna. Since 2016, he has been the director of the Lalka Theater in Warsaw. He directed operas, outdoor performances, children’s plays and, above all, theatrical productions of European and Polish masterpieces: Moliere, William Shakespeare, Julius Swaki and Alexander Fredero.

The show’s organizers are St. John Paul II and the Polish Institute in Rome. It was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

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2. [TRANSMISJA ONLINE] George Weigel lecture: Reflections on Vatican Politics. Saint as head of state – 16.30 // Aula Minor at Angelicum

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What was the impact of Vatican politics in the 1960s and 1970s on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe? How do we understand the relations of the Vatican with China and the situation of local Christians? On what is the diplomacy of the Holy See based and do we have a chance to gain at least a minimum of insight about its meanders? According to George Weigel, answering this last question requires three steps back: first to 1870, then to 1929, and finally to 1962. This retrieval will also allow us to confront the first problems that are so important to us today. Meditations will be conducted by the world’s most famous biographer of John Paul II.

George Weigl – Born in 1951 in Baltimore, Catholic philosopher and theologian, author of dozens of books, most of which have also been translated and published in Poland – incl. Biography of John Paul II in two volumes entitled Watch the hope And The end and the beginning. He chairs the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Center for Ethics and Public Policy in Washington. Adorned with a papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and the Polish Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artes.


The Janopawł monthly open lectures by scholars from all over the world are organized by St. John Paul II at the Faculty of Philosophy at Saint John Pontifical University. Thomas Aquinas – Angelicum in Rome, Roman Alma Mater by Karol Wojtyla.

3 – Appointment in “JP2 Studies”

We invite you to register for the second edition of “JP2 Studies” – an annual interdisciplinary study program on the thought and work of St. John Paul II. Lessons will be held in English at the famous Romanian University – at the Pontifical Saint Peter’s University. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome – where John Paul II wrote his Ph.D.

More information for those interested in studies can be found at:


St. John Paul II is an interdisciplinary research and educational institution founded in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome on the centenary of the birth of John Paul II. The mission of the Institute is to reflect on the most important problems of the Church and the contemporary world, inspired by the life and ideas of the saint. John Paul II. Therefore the aim of the Institute is not only to study the achievements of the great Pope, but also to reflect with him on the most important questions of spiritual culture, such as solidarity, compassion, Christian art and the place of the Church in modern times. The world or the spiritual crisis of Europe.

The Saint Nicholas Foundation is a partner organization of the Saint Nicholas Foundation. John Paul II – Foundation funded by private donors from Poland. We warmly invite you to join them! >>

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