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In God’s Hands by Pope St John Paul II

26 May 2017

“LET my personal notes be burned,” was Pope John Paul II’s instruction long before his death in 2005. It was not followed by Cardinal Dziwisz; and now Joanna Rzepa has trans­lated into English a papal journal (with the Cardinal’s preface) that, Archbishop George Stack suggests in his introduction, is the most privil­eged insight into a pope’s spiritu­ality since John XXIII’s Journal of a Soul. In God’s Hands: The spiritual diaries 1962-2003 by Pope St John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla (Collins, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-00-810105-3), is a 500-page hardback, illustrated with photos of some of the original pages. The contents, reverently tran­scribed, will be of most interest to Roman Catholics with a special devotion to this can­onised pope, and reinforce the impression of a single-minded quest to align his will with God’s as he perceived it to be.

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