A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope by Stanislaw DziwiszThis 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 Krakow 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 Popes 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.
Review of Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
Introduction There are not many religious leaders who are instantly recognisable all over the world. Pope John Paul II was one such leader, and one who finally lost his life earlier this year. Elected in , he reigned as Pope for 25 years and was the first non-Italian Pope since the 16th Century. Karol Piotr Adamczyk and his friends form an underground theatre to keep the Polish culture alive, a move that puts them in great danger. During this time, Karol discovers his calling from God and joins the priesthood. Towards the end of the war, the hope that the occupation is over is shattered as one conquering nation is replaced by another. A hope of a new Poland is dashed by the arrival of Soviet troops and the relentless oppression of Communism.
Lasted edited by Andrew Munsey , updated on June 15, at am. As Karol faced two brutal tyrannies, certain exotic emerging technologies also face oppression and have been bullied, sometimes for more than a century. The stance Karol took of persistent love and courage can be instructive and helpful for us as we face down those who resist these solutions. Being largely unfamiliar with Pope John Paul II Karol , who passed away in , I am unable to comment on whether or not the portrayal in the film, Karol: A Man Who Became Pope, holds true to real life, but I will say that the person and circumstances portrayed in the film deeply moved me. The following review is based on the movie alone.
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Review:Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
It was broadcast for the first time by the Italian television station Canale 5 on the first day of the papal election. Although it was originally broadcast on television, it was also released in theaters, which allowed the film to be shown in Poland. The incredible success of the movie prompted the creation of a sequel, Karol: The Pope, The Man , which portrayed Karol's life as Pope from his papal inauguration to his death. By Ennio Morricone released in on 2 CDs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pope John Paul II. Eastern Orthodox Church Judaism.