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Picture taken at Solidarity Square (plac Solidarności) in Szczecin city. Left: the oldest church of St Peter and St Paul (1223 – 1237). Now the Polish Catholic Church.
The Polish Catholic Church (Polish: Kościół Polskokatolicki w Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) is an Old Catholic church in Poland which is part of the Union of Utrecht. It is a member of the World Council of Churches and the Polish Ecumenical Council. It is not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Polish Catholic Church, known within Poland as the Polish Na-tional Catholic Church (PNCC) until 1951, has its origins in the final decade of 19th century. During this time, Polish immigrants in the United States, referred to as Polonia, participated in the protests of lay people in Roman Catholic parishes against the domination of clergy from German and Irish origins. The parishers demanded insight into the financial matters of parishes, the use of vernacular in liturgy, and the appropriate care and treatment of clergy from their own ethnic group. After the unsuccessful presentation of their requests to the Vati-can in 1898, the Polish National Catholic Church was formally founded in Scranto, Pennsyl-vania, out of a number of independent Polish parishes. After the consecration of the Reverend Franciszek Hodur as a bishop in 1907, the newly organized church community became a member of the Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches.
PL – Kościół św. Piotra i św. Pawła w Szczecinie – niewielki gotycki ceglany kościół salo-wy. Kościół ten znajduje się na Europejskim Szlaku Gotyku Ceglanego. Obecnie świątynia parafialna Kościoła Polskokatolickiego.

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