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first_imgJohn Paul II had intense relationship with married woman: BBCFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Feb 15 (PTI) Pope John Paul II had an intense relationship with a married Polish-born American philosopher for over 30 years, according to previously unseen letters featuring in a BBC documentary that reveal a rarely seen side of the late pontiff.The former Vatican chiefs letters to writer Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, which feature in the documentary being shown by the BBC today, had been kept away from public view in the National Library of Poland for years.The letters do not indicate that the Pope, who died in 2005 at the age of 84, broke his vow of celibacy, but the tone of some of his letters to her points to intense feelings between them, the broadcaster said.The letters show that the friendship began in 1973 when Tymieniecka contacted the future Pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, then Archbishop of Krakow, about a book on philosophy that he had written.The then 50-year-old travelled from the US to Poland to discuss the work. Shortly afterwards, the pair began to correspond. At first the cardinals letters were formal, but as their friendship grew, they became more intimate.The two spent camping and skiing holidays together and went on country walks.In 1976, Cardinal Wojtyla attended a Catholic conference in the US. Tymieniecka invited him to stay with her family at their country home in New England.She appeared to have revealed intense feelings for him because his letters immediately afterwards suggest a man struggling to make sense of their friendship in Christian terms.advertisementIn a letter dated September 1976, the pontiff writes: “My dear Teresa, I have received all three letters. You write about being torn apart, but I could find no answer to these words.”He goes on to describe her as a “gift from God”.The BBC has only seen John Paul IIs letters, not Tymienieckas side of the correspondence. She died in 2014.It is believed that copies of them were included in the archive that was sold to the Polish National Library by Tymieniecka in 2008, six years before she died. But they were not with the Popes letters when the BBC was shown them.The National Library of Poland has not confirmed that they have Tymienieckas letters.However, a Vatican spokesman said there was “nothing out of the ordinary in the fact that pope John Paul II had close friendships with different people, whether men or women.””Nobody will be amazed at this information,” he added.Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University, told the BBC :”Here is one of the handful of transcendentally great figures in public life in the 20th Century, the head of the Catholic Church, in an intense relationship with an attractive woman.”John Paul II was the pope from 1978 to 2005 and was made a saint by the Catholic Church after his death. PTI AK PMS AKJ SAIlast_img read more

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Doctor commends Saskatoon police response to drug overdose response

first_imgSASKATOON – A doctor is commending Saskatoon police for their response to a number of suspected overdoses on the weekend that resulted in two deaths from cocaine allegedly laced with fentanyl.Police took the unusual step of releasing the street name and phone number of an alleged drug dealer in the hope of preventing further casualties. Three people were arrested.“They identified the overdoses very quickly and then they started working through the food chain to get to the dealers,” Dr. Peter Butt, an addictions expert from the University of Saskatchewan, said in a phone interview Monday.Police said they responded to at least six suspected overdoses on Saturday. A man and a woman died. Another person was in a coma.Three men, all from out of province, were in custody Monday facing drug and weapons charges. Saskatoon police Supt. Dave Haye said manslaughter charges are also being considered.He said it’s the first time he’s aware of that the force released that type of information.“We believe that the public safety interests are of the greater need here and that’s why we released that information,” Haye told a news conference.Police issued a public safety advisory warning that cocaine purchased from an alleged dealer using the name “Lil Joe” or “Joe Bro” with the cellphone number 306-881-7300 could be laced with a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.Authorities now have the cellphone connected to that number.Premier Scott Moe said the province needs to continue to do more to prevent further overdoses.“This is something that needs to be a priority for us as we move forward to ensure that … some of our communities’ most vulnerable … are in front of the right professional as soon as possible and receiving the appropriate care as soon as possible,” he said.NDP Opposition Leader Ryan Meili, who is also a physician, said any information that helps avoid drugs which can cause immediate harm is positive.But he also said the provincial government should do more to help people with mental-health problems and addictions.“We saw last year money committed from the federal government for mental health and addictions, but we’ve never actually seen what’s been done with that money,” Meili said.“I’m quite concerned that … it just disappeared into existing programs, when it was really intended to enhance our response to mental-health challenges, including addictions, in Saskatchewan.”The police advisory urged anyone who had purchased the drugs to bring them to a police station for safe disposal. Police said anyone doing so would not face possession charges.“The people who are addicted to drugs, they need treatment and they don’t need charges,” Haye said.Butt encouraged people to take home naloxone kits, which can reverse the effects of an overdose. Take-home naloxone kits are available to at-risk individuals and their households in Saskatoon.— By Ryan McKenna in Regina. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

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