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Witness the intimate side of the life of a saint that the Vatican has kept secret.

This documentary details previously unknown correspondence between Pope John Paul II, now Saint John Paul II in the Catholic Church, and an American woman. Through the course of hundreds of letters over three decades, a deep and close relationship began between the then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla and Polish-American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka continued after he was elected Pope John Paul II.

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    Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyla, was ordained in 1946, and in 1978, became the first Polish pope and first non-Italian Pope in more than 400 years. He served as head of the Catholic Church until his passing in 2005. Beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, he was canonized by Pope Francis in 2014. That same year, BBC broadcaster Edward Stourton was ushered into a room in one of Europe’s most celebrated libraries.

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