Karol Wojtyla may have been Pope John Paul II and canonized as a saint after his death, but he was still a man. And newly unearthed letters between him and a "sexually attractive" married woman may hint that this man was in love.
Pope John Paul II's letters to an American-Polish woman named Anna Tymieniecka have lain unread in the Polish national library for years and have just been shown to the BBC. The station will air a special on their contents this week.
"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," said Eamon Duffy of Cambridge University.
Naturally, the Vatican vehemently denies that John Paul II had more than a friendship with Anna, but the letters speak to a deeper and more intimate relationship, the Independent reported. However, no one is suggesting that John Paul II and Anna were lovers, the Guardian noted.