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I’m sure there are some who will read this and will be shocked to find that John Paul didn’t write all his own, but how could he with the schedule he kept?

From Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Benedict Prefers to Write Own Speeches:

“That hands-on approach by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was a theology lecturer at German universities before becoming a Vatican insider, sharply contrasts with his predecessor, John Paul II, who gave so many speeches he needed an assembly line of wordsmiths to produce them.

John Paul often delivered several speeches a day to audiences ranging from garbage collectors in Rome to Aborigines in Australia, and the Vatican “had to create an office to write them,” said former Vatican diplomat John-Peter Pham. The skills of diplomats and other Holy See officials and consultants were tapped in the process.

“John Paul wrote very few of his speeches,” although he occasionally “changed a phrase here or there,” according to Pham. “

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Dom Stanislaw New Archbishop of Krakow

I was told this two weeks ago by my Jewish friend who talks to him almost daily. I’m sure he will be happy to go back home and to be a successor to his much loved Pope John Paul.

From Vatican Information Service:

The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, adjunct prefect of the Pontifical Household, as metropolitan archbishop of Krakow (area 5,730, population 1,618,593, Catholics 1,566,555, priests 2,026, religous 4,841), Poland. The metropolitan archbishop-elect was born in Raba Wyzna, Poland, in 1939. From 1966 to 1978 he acted as private secretary to Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow and, following the latter’s election as Pope John Paul II, continued to act as his private secretary throughout his pontificate from 1978 to 2005. He was ordained a bishop by John Paul II in 1998 and elevated to the dignity of archbishop in 2003. He succeeds Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese was accepted by the Holy Father, upon having reached the age limit.

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