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Letters Reveal Close Friendship Between Pope John Paul II, American Woman

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By    |   Monday, 15 Feb 2016 08:39 PM

Hundreds of letters have been made public that document the extraordinarily close friendship the late Pope John Paul II had with a Polish-American woman.

The BBC reported Monday that letters written by the revered Pontiff, who died in 2005, to philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka over a period of 32 years had been made available to the British news service by the National Library of Poland, where they had been "kept away from public view" for years.

There is no hint that the Pope violated his vow of celibacy with Tymieniecka but a "rare manuscripts dealer who negotiated the sale of the letters" told the BBC she believes the woman fell in love with" then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla early into the friendship.

"I think that it's completely reflected in the correspondence," Marsha Malinowski told the BBC.

The future Pope gave Tymieniecka a gift of a scapular — a devotional garment worn over the shoulders – that had been given to him by his father when he received his first Holy Communion as a child, the BBC reports.

In a Sept. 10, 1976 letter to her he wrote, "Already last year I was looking for an answer to these words, 'I belong to you', and finally, before leaving Poland, I found a way — a scapular."

He wrote that it allowed him to "accept and feel you everywhere in all kinds of situations, whether you are close — or far away."

That summer the future Pontiff had stayed with Tymieniecka and her family at a country home in Vermont while he visited the United States.

In a letter he wrote shortly afterward he told Tymieniecka she was a gift from God, explaining to her that, "If I did not have this conviction, some moral certainty of Grace, and of acting in obedience to it, I would not dare act like this."

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