INDIA - VATICAN When John Paul II embraced Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the dying
On the eve of the beatification of John Paul II, we present testaments to the late Pope's legacy in in Asia. Archbishop Henry D'Souza, former. For the Polish pope, as George Weigel puts it, Mother Teresa was a Mother Teresa and St. John Paul II, the man and the woman of the century, who . for us of the deep connection between love of God and love of man. Letters written by Pope John Paul II have emerged that reveal the pontiff stage of their relationship, around , Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka.
A mass in Krakow during the pontiff's visit to Poland. As pope, Karol Wojtyla would develop a strongly providential view of his role in the collapse of communism, and he famously saw the will of God at work in the way he survived the assassination attempt by Ali Agca in It is striking to find an echo in this very personal sphere of his life.
When Pope John Paul II Met Mother Teresa
Cardinal Wojtyla gave Anna-Teresa what is known as a scapular, an item of devotional clothing which is worn next to the skin. Devotional scapulars are miniature versions of the apron-like garments which monks wear over their habits — two tiny bits of cloth hung over the chest and back — and since the Middle Ages they have been regarded as a symbol of commitment to the Christian life. This one had been given to Karol Wojtyla by his father — who died when Karol just 20 — and it features again and again in his letters to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka.
Photograph provided by Bill and Jadwiga Smith The letters cast new light on another sensitive area: When he became pope, she rushed out the book they had worked on together — its English title The Acting Person — but the Vatican mounted a legal challenge.
Mother Teresa and John Paul II: Saints for the Modern World
John Cornwell, the author of The Pope in Winter, says: The notion that another person had, in fact, been the author — and of all persons, a woman… — would have been quite extraordinary and unacceptable. Carl Bernstein, the Watergate journalist, interviewed her in the s for the book, His Holiness. But when John Paul was struck by four bullets in the assassination attempt of Mayshe dropped everything to be at his side. But some of the most touching letters in this archive shed a rather different light on those final years, and suggest that Anna-Teresa became an important source of emotional support.
The two swapped memories in the manner of a couple with a long shared past. And she sent him pressed flowers and photographs from her country home in Vermont, where he had spent a few precious days with her family during a trip to the United States in This unusual sign of affection showed the compassion of the Divine Mercy of Jesus that embraces the poverty of the human person.
He, the Pope had come to quench the thirst of Christ and witness to the poor. But of this I am sure: God loves you with an everlasting love. You are precious in his sight".
During his visit to the ashram, the pope was led by Mother Teresa, stopping at each of the 86 patients beds day, blessing them one by one.
The visit was closed to the media, but a Vatican spokesman who accompanied the Pope said that the pontiff had been "deeply moved". The vast majority of patients were Hindus, but the Pope gave each a rosary and blessed the corpses of four dead gathered in the small morgue with holy water. Pope John Paul II has also helped the Missionaries of Charity to serve the evening meal to the sick, made of bread, curry with potatoes and pudding.
Those letters between John Paul II and a woman? Not so secret, actually
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