Resignation of Polish Bishop Jan Tyrawa is Accepted by the Pope after Vos Estis Lux Mundi Investigation - FULL TEXT

Press Release:

On May 12, 2021, the Apostolic Nunciature in Poland announced a message stating that the Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Bydgoszcz, Jan Tyrawa. From that moment, Bishop Wiesław Śmigiel manages the Bydgoszcz diocese as an apostolic administrator of  sede vacante .

Below we publish the full text of the announcement of the Apostolic Nunciature with an accompanying explanation.


N. 5865/21


Holy Father Francis:

  1. He accepted the resignation of Bishop Jan Tyrawa from the office of the Bishop of Bydgoszcz.
  2. He appointed the apostolic administrator of the Bydgoszcz diocese sede vacante in the person of Wiesław Śmigiel, the bishop of Toruń.

Warsaw, May 12, 2021.

+ Salvatore Pennacchio
Apostolic Nuncio


related to the resignation of the bishop of Bydgoszcz

Following formal reports, the Holy See - acting in accordance with the motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi - conducted proceedings concerning the reported negligence of the Bishop of Bydgoszcz Jan Tyrawa in cases of sexual abuse against minors by some priests working in the Bydgoszcz diocese.

After completing this procedure, taking into account also other difficulties in managing the diocese, the bishop of Bydgoszcz resigned from his ministry, accepted today by the Holy Father.

Warsaw, May 12, 2021