A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope (Anglais) Relié – 4 mars 2008
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Présentation de l'éditeur
This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his longtime secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.
“I had accompanied him for almost forty years: twelve in Kraków and then twenty-seven in Rome. I was always with him, always at his side. Now, in the moment of death, he’d gone on alone. . . .And now? Who is accompanying him on the other side?”
—From A Life with Karol
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz worked side by side with Pope John Paul II for almost forty years, enjoying unique access to both the public and private man. In A life with Karol, he provides a close-up glimpse into the Pope’s life and the critical events of his papacy.
Dziwisz was sitting next to the Pope during the assassination attempt in 1981. He recounts the Pope's reaction to 9/11, describing his thoughts and feelings on that day. And the Cardinal’s moving description of the Pope’s haunting memories of World War II uncovers the roots of the pontiff’s intense opposition to George W. Bush’s war on Iraq.
The two men shared moments of fun and spontaneity as well. Dziwisz writes about the times the Pope would slip out of the Vatican, wearing a Panama hat, to stroll the streets of Rome, and he describes the clandestine ski and hiking trips the pair made to escape the Vatican. His firsthand account of the Pope’s last years also reveals that John Paul II considered resigning. These stories and others lend added poignancy to Dziwisz’s extraordinary portrayal of the Pope’s courage and calmness during his final illness.
Biographie de l'auteur
CARDINAL STANISLAW DZIWISZ was personal secretary to Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in Kraków and in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1963, was appointed Archbishop of Kraków in 2005, and in 2006 was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.
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If you include anecdotes that are undignified, it will take away from the holiness of the Pope. A Pope who is the most influential in generations. The path taken by Cardinal Dziwisz is to be a discreet witness who is very conscious of the potential influence of his book, as arguably the person closest to him in the last 40 years of his life who is still alive, on the legacy of the Pope.
I do wish more had been revealed of the personality of John Paul. Especially the details that never made headlines. But then you have to admit that such a deeply spiritual man by definition didn't give a lot of material for gossip to posterity. And as I put the book down at the end of the last chapter, I do find Cardinal Dziwisz's book deeply satisfying. The framework of what was John Paul's llife is confirmed, and his shadow over the great foreign policy issues of the second half of the last century is looming even larger. The book is precious in many ways. We learn that Assisi's World Day of Prayer for Peace in 1986 was a crowning achievement for the Pope. We learn about his sadness and hope when visiting the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. We discover that he was taking his role as bishop of Rome to the letter by making a point of visiting as many local parishes as he could, remaining a true pastor.
Most of what we learn is public knowledge, or was at some point, but the importance given personally by the Pope to certain events is something that is still a revelation from this book. It is the testimony from a faithful friend. And it covers well both the historical and spiritual significance of John Paul II.
memoir about his life in the service of Pope John Paul II. Many myths are dispelled and we learn the truth about the fall of Russia and the wall in Germany. Behind the scenes truths are revealed for the first time and if you like history this is must read!