Monday, November 04, 2013

'I lived with a Saint': John Paul II's personal secretary, releases book on Polish Pope




November 4, 2013. (Romereports.com) The world remembers John Paul II as 'the great Pope,' a gifted communicator and powerful evangelizer. He traveled the world meeting millions along the way, but it was a small group of collaborators who worked with him day in and day out. When it comes to John Paul II's spirituality, his former collaborators shared details that up until now, where unknown to most people.  

MSGR. PAOLO PTASZNIK
Vatican's Secretariat of State
“Every morning he would look at an Atlantis map and choose a country. For that entire day, he would pray for that nation and its people. He called it the 'geography of prayer.'”

Msgr. Ptasznik was only 33 when he started working for John Paul II, but perhaps the person who knew him best was Cardinal Stanislao Dziwisz. He was Karol Wojtyla's personal secretary for almost 40 years.

His latest book which translates to 'I lived with a Saint,' describes John Paul II not only as a Pope, but above all else as a person. Gian Franco Svidercoschi, wrote the book based on the accounts of Dziwisz.

GIAN FRANCO SVIDERCOSCHI
'Ho Vissuto con un Santo,' Author
“What strikes me the most is John Paul II's daily sainthood, meaning he lived his holiness every day, under normal circumstances.”

Another key point of John Paul II's life and spirituality, both in the good times and the bad, were the Sacraments.

MSGR. PAOLO PTASZNIK
Vatican's Secretariat of State
“He celebrated Mass every day and even when he was hospitalized and couldn't do it himself, he would ask someone to celebrate Mass with him. The Eucharist was a central part of his life and it's also important to note that he would also go to Confession, at least once every two weeks.”

CARD. CAMILLO RUINI
“Karol Wojtyla was able to transmit hope to others, and he was able to move people who weren't believers, including those who had distanced themselves any type of religious entity.”

In light of John Paul II canonization on April 27th, the book attempts to give a human and private perspective of John Paul II, including how he managed to affect the Catholic Church and in essence, the world.

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