Publication of Notes Which Had to be Burnt
Publish Date : Wednesday 22 January 2014 - 10:44
John Paul II had asked his personal secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz, to burn his notes after his death, but Dziwisz did just the opposite because “they were of historical importance”
In his will, to which alterations were made on a number of occasions throughout the course of the spiritual exercises in the Vatican, John Paul II ordered those who could be considered his heirs to burn his personal notes when he died.
He addressed this request to his trusted personal secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz.
Shortly after the Polish Pope’s funeral, we asked the future Archbishop of Cracow why he did not fulfill the late Pope’s wish. His response was that the notes were of historical importance. Now Cracow has announced the publication on 5 February, of a book entitled “I am in God’s hands. Personal notes 1962-2003”.
Polish publishing house Znak, says the book contains “the most important personal, innermost questions and moving reflections and prayers that marked [the Pope’s] everyday life.” This includes “notes that show his concern for those dear to him - friends and collaborators – and for the Church that was entrusted to him.”
The notes, Polish Catholic news agency KAI adds, “now become the key document in John Paul II’s canonization process.” KAI quotes Cardinal Dziwisz saying: “I didn’t burn John Paul II’s notes because they are the key to interpreting his spirituality, his innermost self: his relationships with God, others and himself.”
Meanwhile, Znak said they were honored to be publishing the book and promised that great care would be taken in editing the book.