A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope

A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope


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A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope by Stanislaw Dziwisz

This intimate, affectionate portrait of Pope John Paul II by his longtime secretary and confidant reveals fascinating new details about the opinions, hopes, fears, and dramatic life of this public man.

“I had accompanied him for almost forty years: twelve in Kraków and then twenty-seven in Rome. I was always with him, always at his side. Now, in the moment of death, he’d gone on alone. . . .And now? Who is accompanying him on the other side?”
—From A Life with Karol

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385523745
Publisher: Crown Religion/Business/Forum
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 934,055
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Foreword: Farewell to a Beloved Face     ix
Narrator's Preface: The "Mystery" of John Paul II     xi
The Polish Years
The First Meeting     3
New Men     9
Turning Point: Vatican II     15
The Millennium Crisis     21
Wyszynski and Wojtyla     27
The Cross of Nowa Huta     33
"How Could I Fail to Speak Out?"     39
Dissent Explodes     45
Rebel Youth     50
"A Slav Will Be Pope"     56
The Papal Years
"Open the Doors to Christ"     69
A Journey to Anticlerical Mexico     74
A Typical Day in the Life of a Pope     80
A Sign of Change     90
Peter the Traveler     97
Rome's Own Bishop     108
Earthquake in the Empire     114
A Revolution of the People     122
Two Pistol Shots     130
But Who Armed the Killer?     137
A Whole Nation Behind Bars     143
Solidarity Lives!     150
A New Evangelization     157
Youth, Women, and the Ecclesial Movements     163
"God's Sister" Teresa     173
And the Wall Came Tumbling Down     179
No to Communism, Not Yes to Capitalism     187
The Global South     193
A New Adversary     200
The Spirit of Assisi     206
The New Martyrs     214
It Took Six Hands     223
John Paul II's Jewish Roots     231
Thou Shalt Not Kill in the Name of God     238
"Let Me Go Home to the Lord"     248

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Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
cardininal stanislaw dziwisz was a close friend and personal secretary to pope john paul the 11 for much of the holy fathers life. this is a wonderful insiders account of someone who knew this great man of God. I learned that pope john paul 11 seemed to care alot about others inspite of his suffering. even while he was hurting he wanted to bless the children that were near by and this best seller shows christians that they can endure suffering with the strong faith that God has given them. Pope John paul the 11 has given a great example for everyone to read in this book. this arthur has some exellent research and I have learned alot about this remarkable saint who has truly made a difference in the world. great gift idea for a friend or family member.
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Very insightful. Loved it
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