Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Pope Writing New Book

From Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome:

John Paul II is writing yet another book, this time on philosophical and existential reflections, says an aide.

The process of the writing "is quite advanced," said Father Pawel Ptasznik, head of the Polish section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, in an interview with the Polish Catholic news agency KAI.

Yet, "it is a long process and one must not expect the publication to be imminent," the priest said.

"In regard to the content, I can say that the news, according to which he will address above all the problems of totalitarianism, is not true," Father Ptasznik added.

"It is an open secret that for years Father Jozef Tischner" -- a philosopher and friend of the Pope -- "suggested to the Sovereign Pontiff an interview on philosophical and existential topics," Father Ptasnik said. "If I am not mistaken, this interview took place in the summer of 1984, and it was recorded."