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Benedict XVI writes letter for 100th anniversary of John Paul II's birth

May 18 marks 100 years since John Paul II's birth. For the occasion, Benedict XVI addressed a letter to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. In it, he offers a key to understanding his predecessor's pontificate.

He explains how his arrival was a wake-up call, an injection of enthusiasm for a Church in crisis.

He also underlines the “inner unity” between John Paul II's message and Pope Francis' fundamental intentions. In that sense, he explains why his predecessor wasn't a “moral rigorist,” as some people tried to portray him.

Javier Romero

Translation: Claudia Torres