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13 February 2014 | by Jonathan Luxmoore

Papal diaries

 
Last month’s release of Blessed John Paul’s notebooks has been hailed as a media sensation by their Polish publisher, but behind the hype is his former secretary’s drive to raise funds for grandiose schemes to promote his master’s legacy His long-time secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz told journalists last week that it would have been a “crime” to destroy John Paul II’s notebooks, even though that is precisely what the Polish Pope’s will required him to do. Instead the cardinal, who is now Archbishop of Krakow, handed them to the Rome commission preparing John Paul II’s canonisation. He then decided to have them published to raise money for an ornate new diocesan church complex at Krakow. Announcing the new book, Jestem bardzo w re




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