Dekat dengan YOHANES PAULUS II - A book about John Paul II in Indonesian language
In September 2015, the John Paul II Foundation Indonesian Chapter and PT Centro Inti Media Publishing Company issued the book “Dekat dengan Yohanes Paulus II. John Paul II in memories of Friends and Collaborators” The book was written by Włodzimierz Rędzioch, Vaticanist, a longtime correspondent of “Niedziela” Polish weekly magazine and American magazine “Inside the Vatican.” The book contains 22 interviews with friends and close co-workers of the Polish Pope, among which there is the unique testimony of Benedict XVI, Senior Pope, who frankly talked about his collaboration with John Paul II. Among the interviewees, beside Benedict XVI, there were, among others: Cardinal Angelo Amato, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, dr Renato Buzzonetti, Cardinal Andrzej Deskur, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Arturo Mari, Cardinal Stanisław Nagy, Joaquin Navarro Valls or dr Wanda Półtawska. Also, peculiar position held interviews with women miraculously healed through the intercession of John Paul II: Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand and Floribeth Mora Diaz.
The book was presented on September 20, 2015 at the Spiritual Centre of the Indonesian Episcopate: Archbishop Petrus Turang, vice president of the Indonesian Epicopate, Archbishop Agustinus Agus, Archbishop of Pontianak Archdiocese, Bishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi, Bishop Amboina, Fr. Krzysztof Wieliczko, OSPPE, Administrator of the John Paul II Foundation, Yohana Halimah, Staff Biro National Karya Kepausan Indonesia, Fr. Yulius Salettia, lector from the Seminary in Tinggi Pineleng and s. Maria Dolorosa, OSU. Presentation of the book began with exposition of the John Paul II’s blood relics and joint prayer which introduces an atmosphere of meditation about John Paul II’s holiness. Upon Archbishop Turang’s introduction, Fr. Wieliczko spoke pointing out the major role which John Paul II played in the life of the Catholic Church and the entire world during the 27-years-long pontificate. He also read the author Włodzimierz Rędzioch’s message to readers. Archbishop Agustinus Agus provided summary encouraging everybody to read the book.