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[Updated: 16.12.2011]


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NYCZ Card. Kazimierz


Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Archbishop of Warsaw, was born on 1 February 1950 in Stara Wieś, in the Archdiocese of Kraków (now in the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec), Poland. Upon finishing high school, he entered the seminary and was ordained to the diaconate by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła in 1972. He was ordained a priest on 20 May 1973.

In 1976, he earned a licentiate in theology at the Pontifical Theological Academy of Kraków and in 1977 began his studies at the Catholic University of Lublin where in 1981 he completed his doctorate and wrote his thesis on the implementation of the Second Vatican Council’s catechetical renewal in the archdiocese of Kraków. Following his studies, he was director of the catechesis office in the archdiocese and taught catechesis at the Pontifical Theological Academy of Kraków.

On 14 May 1988 he was appointed titular Bishop of Villa del Re and Auxiliary of Kraków. He was ordained a bishop on 4 June 1988.

In 1999, he was made president of the Committee for Catholic Education, the centre of his activities was to adapt the Polish catechesis to the post-Vatican II catechetical documents of the Church.

On 9 June 2004 he was appointed Bishop of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg.

He was then appointed Archbishop of Warsaw on 3 March 2007. 

On 9 June 2007 he was nominated Ordinary for the Eastern-Rite faithful in Poland.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 20 November 2010, of the Deaconry of Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti (Saints Sylvester and Martin ai Monti).

 Member of:

  • Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy.



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