Pope John Paul II's secretary says he 'did not have the courage' to burn the Pontiff's notes, and is having them published, contrary to John Paul's wish, reports news.com.au.
The book, Very Much in God's Hands, comes out February 5, in Poland, where the late Pope is still a much-loved authority. John Paul died in 2005 at the age of 84, after 26 years as Pope.
It contains religious meditations that Karol Wojtyla recorded between July 1962, when he was a bishop in Poland, and March 2003, when he was Pope.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz told a news conference that, in preserving some of the notes, he was motivated by the 'despair of historians' after the letters of Pope Pius XII were burned following his death, as he had wished.
In his last will, John Paul commissioned Cardinal Dziwisz, his personal secretary and closest aide of almost 40 years, to burn his personal notes. Instead, Cardinal Dziwisz kept them and is having them published before John Paul is declared a saint April 27 in Rome.
They were made available to the Vatican in the Pope's beatification and sainthood processes.
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