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John Paul II's "Secret Letters" Explained

Last edited 22nd February 2016

In response to recent headlines, Jason Evert explains the story behind Pope St. John Paul II’s letters to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, a married Polish philosopher and friend of the pope before and during his papacy. Jason points out that—despite what our oversexualized culture would have us think—it is possible to have a genuine, chaste friendship with someone of the opposite sex. As Pope St. John Paul II said, “God uses human friendship to lead hearts to the source of divine charity.”

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Lorraine Bruch
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Lorraine Bruch wrote at 9:02pm on March 2nd 2016
Totally agree. Refreshing to learn that our Pope treasured friendships and connections with people. This quality is just one of many that made him approachable and compassionate.