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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his long-time secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.

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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kathy | 12/18/2012

    " I think it could be a great book, but just very hard to read and follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katarzyna Mlynarczyk | 10/3/2011

    " This book is really good to know some more polish culture, history. You can learn, how to be, from a Great Person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 8/6/2011

    " This book was very moving. The way Pope John Paul II responded to the assasination attempt on his life was inspiring. The positive way he approached his Parkinson's disease was incredible. Plus I loved when it talked about his close friendship with Mother Teresa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Alice | 10/18/2010

    " This is not only a testimony to a 40 year-old friendship based on loyalty and respect but also a mini history lesson. Oh, you'll need your Kleenex reading the last chapter. :) "

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About the Author

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz was personal secretary to Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in Krakow and in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1963, was appointed Archbishop of Krakow in 2005, and in 2006 was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.