Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life - The Pope I Knew So Well

Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life - The Pope I Knew So Well

by Caroline Pigozzi

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This behind-the-scenes perspective offers a unique opportunity to experience Pope John Paul II's character and reign, as well as a look at the inner workings of the Vatican. French journalist Caroline Pigozzi discovered a man both awe-inspiring and surprisingly warm and generous. Passionately prayerful and unimpressed by pomp and celebrity, John Paul II was the most-traveled and perhaps the most popular of the popes to date: a people's pope. Pigozzi reveals the intimate details of his daily life, his sometimes surprising philosophies, his revolutionary desire for accessibility to ordinary people, and his relentless drive to unify the church. This book unveils, in a friendly and richly informative way, a close-up of the man whose "eyes radiated infinite goodness" and whose life touched so many.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446542838
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 09/10/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 911,239
File size: 306 KB

About the Author

Caroline Pigozzi studied in Italy and New York, eventually becoming an international reporter for Paris Match magazine. She has interviewed King Juan Carlos of Spain and Elisabeth II in addition to her visits and travels withPope John Paul II. Pigozza is the mother of two daughters and lives in France.

Table of Contents

A Former Dominican Pupil Sets Her Sights on the Vatican     1
John Paul II: Never Far From Karol Wojtyla     19
His Day Began at 5:30 Each Morning     56
A Young Girl, My Own Child, Amidst the Pilgrims     86
Around the World 29 Times: Inside Secrets of the Traveling Pope     105
Israel: The Greatest Voyage of Hope     148
Castel Gandolfo and the Alps: The Sacred Duty to Take a Break     165
John Paul II, Bishop of Rome-The Third Secret of Fatima     193
His Last two Sorrows     210
The Day He Told Me, "Sono Un Vecchio Papa"     234
The Last Two Journeys of His Heart: Poland and Pompeii     259
Thank You, Very Holy Father     272
Acknowledgments     277

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Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life - The Pope I Knew So Well 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
hermit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is Caroline Pigozzi memoir of her fascination since childhood with the inner workings of the Holy See. Her desire, patience and dedication paid off with unprecedented access to Pope John Paul II. Though not as intimate an access as the title intimates. The author, a French journalist, shares her personal and professional visits with His Holiness which included times within his private apartments within the Vatican and on Papal trips abroad. Though his true private rooms are a floor above those rooms in which they met. It is obvious that she like many in the world is enthralled by what she relates is a very pious, charismatic and driven man devoted to God.The author does not hide the awe in which she holds Pope John Paul II, but many Catholics, Christians and non-Christians alike do as well. But though she is reverent and grateful for being allowed contact with His Holiness her story rings true. For we see over the years a unique perspective of the Pope over his long pontificate. We see his humor, his asceticism, intelligence, determination and Marian Devotion. But not his true private time which I feel should remain private.From his many trips throughout the world it is obvious he took his responsibility to spread the Word of God and promote peace. Regardless of forum he would always preach and pray for peace in the world. His resolve in continuing his pastoral mission with his illness and pain is a sign of his devotion to God's work. And as part of that pastoral mission was a deep desire for unity back to the Church.The general overview of the logistics required for a papal trip or vacation and his day to day activities in the part of his private residence that some are allowed to visit is shared from what the author personally saw and what was shared with her from those who shared with him some of his private time. The charisma and compassion that emanated from his person was obvious to all who came in contact with this Bishop of Rome. The author though relating some new travels and visits with the pope she starts to become repetitive toward the end chapters. It reads as if it is to just fill out a couple more chapters. This is not a biography in the literary sense but a memoir of Caroline Pigozzi and the time she spent with the most traveled pope who wished the greatest access with his flock. Overall her memoir is an inspirational read though it could have benefited from better editing on this English edition.
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