April 5, 2016 Deborah Castellano Lubov Interviews, John Paul II
On the evening of April 2, 2005, Wlodzimierz Redzioch, a Polish journalist who worked for more than 30 years for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, was with the thousands praying in St. Peter’s Square. In this way, he wanted to show his closeness to the dying Pope. Then the announcement: John Paul II died at 9:37 p.m.
The beloved Pope’s death left a great void within Redzioch, because he lost not only the Pope, but also the point of reference in his life, a father. He tried to fill the void left by the Pope in various ways. As a journalist, he began interviewing people who knew Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, including Pope Benedict XVI. Twenty-two interviews have been published in his book: “Stories about Saint John Paul II told by His Close Friends and Co-Workers” by Ignatius Press (www.ignatius.com/Products/STJP-H/stories-about-saint-john-paul-ii.aspx).