Pope John Paul II's Letters Reveal 'Intense' Friendship With Married Woman

Published 3 years ago by: CLARA JANCITA
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Hundreds of letters and photographs that tell the story of Pope John Paul II's close relationship with a married woman, which lasted more than 30 years, have been shown .
The letters to Polish-born American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years.
The documents reveal a rarely seen side of the pontiff, who died in 2005.

There is no suggestion the Pope broke his vow of celibacy. The friendship began in 1973 when Ms Tymieniecka contacted the future Pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, then Archbishop of Krakow, about a book on philosophy that he had written.

The then 50-year-old travelled from the US to Poland to discuss the work. Shortly afterwards, the pair began to correspond. At first the cardinal's letters were formal, but as their friendship grew, they become more intimate.

The pair decided to work on an expanded version of the cardinal's book, The Acting Person. They met many times - sometimes with his secretary present, sometimes alone - and corresponded frequently.





In 1974, he wrote that he was re-reading four of Ms Tymieniecka's letters written in one month because they were
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"so meaningful and deeply personal".


Photographs which have never been seen before by the public reveal Karol Wojtyla at his most relaxed. He invited Ms Tymieniecka to join him on country walks and skiing holidays - she even joined him on a group camping trip. The pictures also show her visiting him at the Vatican.

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"Here is one of the handful of transcendentally great figures in public life in the 20th Century, the head of the Catholic Church, in an intense relationship with an attractive woman,"
says Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University.

In 1976, Cardinal Wojtyla attended a Catholic conference in the US. Ms Tymieniecka invited him to stay with her family at their country home in New England.
She appeared to have revealed intense feelings for him because his letters immediately afterwards suggest a man struggling to make sense of their friendship in Christian terms.
In one, dated September 1976, he writes: "My dear Teresa, I have received all three letters. You write about being torn apart, but I could find no answer to these words."

He describes her as a
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"gift from God".


The BBC has not seen any of Ms Tymieniecka's letters. It is believed copies of them were included in the archive that was sold to the Polish National Library by Ms Tymieniecka in 2008, six years before she died. But they were not with the Pope's letters when the Reporters was shown them. The National Library of Poland has not confirmed that they have Ms Tymieniecka's letters.

Marsha Malinowski, a rare manuscripts dealer who negotiated the sale of the letters, says she believes Ms Tymieniecka fell in love with Cardinal Wojtyla in the early days of their relationship.
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"I think that it's completely reflected in the correspondence,"
she told the us

The letters reveal that Cardinal Wojtyla gave Ms Tymieniecka one of his most treasured possessions, an item known as a scapular - a small devotional necklace worn around the shoulders.

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dynasty4all at 01:48 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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I DON'T SEE ANYTHING BAD HERE
TWO PEOPLE CAN BE VERY CLOSE WITHOUT ANYTHING EVIL ATTACHED TO IT.
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winace at 02:12 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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And wat is wrong in dat. No where was it mention dat they were dating or having sexual relationship. So poster pls sometimes write ur topic well. No carry curse biko
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gogoman at 02:15 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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pope no dull if una dull, papa dey enjoy himself jeje.. no mind hater jor
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ngfineface at 02:23 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Poster, I hope you can face the Catholic faithfuls if they decides to descend on you because of this write up? I no dey ooo
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ficull at 03:07 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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America will do anything and everything to discredit any religion, and then use the confusion to force their gay marriage down our throat.
 The pope NEVER broke his celibacy, so why the fuss? Or was he not allowed to have female friends? Haba
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Ennyolalekan at 03:07 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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seen
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Mykie010 at 03:29 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Absolutely nothing wrong,very good pope,I loved d man and father pio..
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kp45 at 03:35 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Noted ok
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dareper at 06:51 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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I don't buy that letter jare
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lilchuks28 at 07:40 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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So what's wrong? He never broke his celibacy....
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Trueyarn at 08:41 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Aproko why he be say nah now una dey bring nonsense and fake story,the pope get right to express love to whoever him like.
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Eazyatumeyi at 09:32 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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All na scam, either Illuminati or others.
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kison at 11:14 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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  be careful, be very very careful, CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL...
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ujmaria at 11:25 PM, 15/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Senseless post
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emma4love3 at 04:55 AM, 16/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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another annoying and senseless post
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Deprince3 at 05:50 AM, 16/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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THE FIRST PICTURE IN THE BUSH IS NOT POPE, THE SECOND PICTIRE POPE GAVE MANY PEOPLE PEG AND THE LAST PICTURE SAYS NOTHING , SO MEANING THAT ALL THE PICTURES YOU POSTED DID NOT PROVE THAT ANYTHING WAS GOING ON BETWEEN THEM.
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concentrate at 08:09 AM, 16/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Poster be careful
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diezo at 01:22 PM, 16/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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ANOTHER CONFUSED POSTER POSTING CONFUSING STORY THAT IS SO ANNOYING WHICH MAKES IT ANOTHER N*N*N*N BUT ANYWAY POSTER I THINK I KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE PERSON NO WELL ANOTHER PERSON WEY WELL COME DEY TAKE TABLET FOR PERSON WEY NO WELL NA WHO NO COME WELL NA يراقب الله !!!
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princedafe at 12:17 PM, 18/02/2016 (3 years ago)
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Quote from: maria on 11:25 PM, 15/02/2016
Senseless post

Wellsaid and supported
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