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Metropolitan Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski of Krakow announced during a meeting regarding personnel changes in the diocese that he had submitted his resignation from the office of Metropolitan of Krakow to Pope Francis due to reaching retirement age. He will be 75 years old on July 24.

According to church regulations, when the ordinary of the diocese reaches the retirement age of 75, he submits his resignation to the Pope and a new one is appointed in his place. The Pope may also decide to extend the metropolitan's service despite reaching retirement age.

On Friday, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski met with priests of the Archdiocese of Krakow who are transitioning to retirement or take up new positions. “Thanking the retiring parish priests and presenting new nominations to the priests of the Archdiocese of Krakow, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski announced that he submitted to the Holy Father – in accordance with the law – his resignation from the office of Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow for over seven years. He turns 75 on July 24,” it says a message published on the curia's website after this meeting.

– The Holy Father will decide how long I will have to work here – said Archbishop Jędraszewski during this meeting.

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Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski's ingress, i.e. the ceremonial assumption of duties as the shepherd of the Krakow Church, took place on January 28, 2017 in the Wawel Cathedral. His predecessor – as metropolitan of Krakow – was a cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz. Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski was previously the Metropolitan Archbishop of Łódź.

Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski

Archbishop Jędraszewski was born on July 24, 1949, he studied at the Archbishop's Theological Seminary and at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań. In 1973, he was ordained a priest, then he was a vicar in the parish of St. Saint Marcin in Odolanów near Ostrów Wielkopolski. In 1975, he went to study in Rome, where he defended his doctoral thesis.

After returning to Poland, in the years 1980-1996 he was an assistant professor at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Poznań. At the same time, in the years 1980-1987, he was the prefect of the Archbishop's Seminary in Poznań. In the years 1987-1996 he worked at “Przewodnik Katolicki”, where from 1990 he was the editor-in-chief.

Marek Jędraszewski Art Service/PAP

In 1991, he obtained his habilitation at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Kraków. In 1996, he was nominated episcopal vicar for science and culture in the Archdiocese of Poznań and chairman of the Faculty of Academic Pastoral Care in the Archbishop's Curia in Poznań. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Poznań in 1997. Pope John Paul II; in 2012, by the decision of Benedict XVI, he became Metropolitan of Łódź.

In 2014, he became deputy chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference. He also performs the following functions in the Polish Episcopal Conference – he is a member of the Permanent Council of the Polish Episcopal Conference, the Chairman of the Scientific Council, a member of the Section of Philosophical Sciences of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Commission for Catholic Education, the Council for Youth Ministry, and a delegate of the Polish Episcopal Conference for Academic Pastoral Care. He is also the Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.

Main photo source: Art Service/PAP



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