Pope John Paul II looks at one of the two doves released by children from the window of his private apartments at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican in this January 30, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files
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Pope John Paul II's secretary "did not have the courage" to burn all of the pontiff's notes after his death, and is now having some of them published, he said Wednesday.Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz told a news conference that in preserving some of the notes he was motivated by the "despair of historians" after the letters of Pope Pius XII were burned after his death, as he had wished.In his last will, John Paul commissioned Dziwisz, his personal secretary and closest aide of almost 40 years, to burn his personal notes. John Paul died in 2005 at the age of 84, after 26 years as pope.
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