Dziwisz, who was at the Pope’s side during his final illness, said his
last days “were not as tragic as the media claims they were” because
the Pope “was aware that his time was drawing near and he was fully
prepared for death.”
According to the
cardinal, Pope John Paul II “was totally conscious, he heard the
prayers of the multitudes gathered under his window and with this
calmness and tranquility he helped those around him maintain or recover
their spiritual peace.”
In an interview
with the Italian radio network RAI, the cardinal also said that John
Paul II “said goodbye one by one to his closest associates, such as the
Secretary of State or Cardinal Ratzinger, who was dean of the College
of Cardinals, but also to the ordinary people who cared for his living
quarters…it was something very emotional and moving,” Cardinal Dziwisz
said in conclusion.
Today is the
anniversary of John Paul’s last public appearance. He greeted pilgrims
from his study window on March 30th of 2005.
archbishop of Krakow and former personal secretary of Pope John Paul
II, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, said Wednesday in Rome that the Polish
pope was serene and alert during his last days.