Reference code: 419/I/1/7/150
Owner signature: W/150/08/MD/131
Title: Card. Zenon Grocholewski recollects John Paul II
Size and medium: 532 MB; MP4
Creator's name: The Centre for the Thought of John Paul II
Repository: The Centre for the Thought of John Paul IIContent:
Patrycja Michońska - Sławomir Dynek
Short biographical note:
Zenon Grocholewski (1939-2020) - cardinal, high official of the Roman Curia, and a lawyer.
Three years after his ordination to the priesthood, in 1966 he came to study canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome. For 27 years he worked at the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, from 1999 to 2015 he was Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education. In 2001 John Paul II appointed him a cardinal.
While studying in Rome, he met Cardinal Wojtyla, who lived in the Eternal City, in the Polish College. After 1978, their contacts became more frequent due to their work in the Vatican, especially during the development of the new Code of Canon Law.
Contacts with Cardinal Wojtyla during his studies in Rome; celebrating his name day.
Election in 1978 - Cardinal Felici's reaction, acceptance by the Italians. Assassination attempt on the Pope in 1981.
The way of working on the Code of Canon Law - wide consultations with different people.
The Holy Father's desire to meet people all over the world. The attitude of dialogue with the world. The death of John Paul II, an important moment for the whole world. Spiritual support of the Pope in his illness. The legacy of John Paul II's teaching.