Jerzy Popiełuszko was only 37 years old when a special detachment of communist secret service captured, tortured and murdered him. His body was eventually sunk in a bag loaded with stones about 150 kilometers from Warsaw. That was done in order to make sure no one would ever learn about the fate of this popular cleric.

Jerzy Popiełuszko became a public figure during martial law in Poland when he organised prayers for the fatherland at the Warsaw church he served in. His main message was to “overcome evil with good'', where the evil meant oppressions of the communist regime. 

Allegedly, his fate was decided at the top tier of the ruling junta. Later the government blamed the security officers who allegedly got too rough and killed the priest with no consent from their superiors.

35th anniversary of this brutal murder remains so tragic, especially considering the fact that the perpetrators are alive and well and still receive state pensions.  

People who worked with priest Jerzy still remember him as a humble person whose leadership shined during the darkness of communist Poland. Today the president of the Institute for National Remembrance, Dr Jarosław Szarek, awarded several coworkers of priest Jerzy with the Freedom and Solidarity cross.