Pope John Paul II. Thinking of home... in verse.
The first poem to be written by Pope John Paul II in nearly a quarter of a century has been published, taking his native Poland by storm. Roman Triptych, the ailing 82-year-old pontiff's three-part meditation on nature, is just 14 pages but has sold 3,00,000 copies in advance of publication in his home country. Described by the Vatican as a "spiritual pilgrimage", the verse touches on the prospect of the Pope's own death. He makes the reference in part two of the three-part epic, describing the frescoed Sistine Chapel where cardinals gathered to elect him pope in 1978. He writes: `And so it will be again, when the need arises after my death." The work includes drawings by Michelangelo and two pages of photocopied text in the Pope's handwriting.
Compiled by SUBAJAYANTHI WILSON
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