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John Paul II Film Premieres at the Vatican

2009-04-06



Benedict XVI
Thanks to this film, based on documented materials and historical narrative, viewers who did not know John Paul II have a way to realize the heart and the evangelical passion.  For those of us that knew him, the film offers an opportunity to relive some moments of his life with profound emotions.  

Cardinal Stanislaw Dsiwisz, the archbishop of Krakow was John Paul II’s personal secretary for nearly 40 years.  He came to the Vatican to promote “Testimony,” based on his memoir of his four decades of service at the Pope’s side.  

While taking questions from reporters, the cardinal spoke of personal recollections of the late pontiff.   He said John Paul’s Polish nationality was a central part of his identity as a person and as the leader of the Church.  

Card. Stanlislaw Dziwisz
Archbishop of Krakow

He said: “I serve because the Lord has called me to this point as a Pole.  Poland prepared me, the Church prepared me.  I want to serve, but I’ve never had an inferiority complex being from a country not as important as the United States.”

Even though John Paul II passed away three years ago, Cardinal Dsiwisz still seeks his guidance. 

Card. Stanlislaw Dziwisz
Archbishop of Krakow

I feel that he is with me.  I don’t feel alone.  I must say that when there are problems, I say ‘Holy Father, will you help me?’  I was with him for so many years, now I expect his help.  

He also spoke about the beatification process for John Paul II.  Cardinal Dziwisz hopes he will be canonized soon.  

Card. Stanlislaw Dziwisz
Archbishop of Krakow
We are still waiting for a saint, we are waiting for the coronation of all saints that are in Krakow.  This is our great wish and we pray, we hope that it will come during our lifetimes.  

The film’s release will truly be global, with language versions in English, Spanish, Polish, German, French, and Italian.