JP2 Love - i.e. John Paul II in multimedia
'The Pope's manuscripts which have never been published before were made available by the Vatican and included in the album of Karol Wojtyla's poetry. It was possible thanks to the efforts of prelate Pawel Ptasznik, Head of the Polish Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State,' Judyta Papp, the project’s author and producer, told the Polish Press Agency.
Prelate Ptasznik also selected Wojtyla's poems which, together with photographs from movies 'Karol: A Man Who Became Pope' and 'Testimony' (taken by Judyta Papp), as well as with photos of the Pope's personal belongings, create an original publication with a unique and intimate character.
'It was difficult not to be moved when I was to make photographic reproductions of such personal things (mementos after John Paul II) as the breviary, rosary, watch, cane or 'Credo' with a bark bookmark,' said Papp. She also added, 'those precious mementos now belong to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who gave me his permission to take photos of them.'
An important and integral part of the publication are reflections made by world authorities, leaders of nations, clergymen and representatives of various religions. Some of these reflections are very personal.
Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was invited to participate in the JP2 Love project, said: 'For me, Pope John Paul II is the first true spiritual and religious leader on a global scale in the history of mankind. Until now, all religious leaders appealed to a limited audience both theologically and geographically. John Paul II overcame these limitations through effective and skillful use of mass media, but also by the power of His personality and His deep spirituality.'
According to President of Israel Shimon Peres, who also accepted the invitation to make a statement as part of the project, the Pope's mission was to replace ‘war with peace, hate with love, supporting the spirit of tolerance and mutual respect ... .’ ‘A verse from one of His poems became for me the essence of His person: ‘Love explained all for me – all was resolved by love.’ He also added: 'How true those words are.'
Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, emphasized in his statement that John Paul II 'was the moral guide in times when progress in science and technology did not go hand in hand with progress in compassion and common care.'
'Our guiding principle is to have the people of great authority, representatives of different religions speak about the Pope from Poland as part of the project,' the author of the project said. She also added, 'We have sent out many invitations and we are still awaiting responses from leaders of states and clergymen from Islamic countries.'
The concept of the project is complemented by jp2love.com and jp2love.pl websites, which will make John Paul II's poetry available together with photographs, multimedia files and comments of well-known people and the Pope's friends. 'As part of the website, we will also publish interviews with famous and influential people. The topic of the discussions will not only be John Paul II's teachings, but also ethics in many spheres of life, for example, in business, politics, and management,' says Judyta Papp.
The JP2 project includes two websites that are currently under construction: jp2love.com and jp2love.pl. The project is also present on Facebook
'Users of the website, apart from having access to various applications, will be able to share their observations and impressions thanks to the content included on the website, for example through the comments system on the forum. We're also planning a promotion of John Paul II's poetry and publications by sending out short messages - quotes of the day,' the author explains.
Judyta Papp - an artist, photographer, graphic designer, producer. She is 31 years old. She mainly deals with portraits and is the author of photo albums: 'To Miłosz' ('This is Milosz'), which is the result of the artist's cooperation with the outstanding poet; 'Sen' ('The Dream') - the photographic album containing portraits of famous Poles sleeping and the questionnaire by professor Leszek Kolakowski. She has had many exhibitions, among others, in London, Cracow, Stockholm, Olomouc. In Cracow, the exhibition of her works entitled 'Special Features' included photographs of people like John Paul II, Wislawa Szymborska, Czeslaw Milosz, Anna Dymna, Slawomir Mrozek, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Wajda and Krystyna Zachwatowicz. She is also the author of book covers of such publishing houses as: HarperCollins and Penguin, Universitas, Codex Media. The artist is also interested in documentary photography, which usually takes the form of photographic reports from movie sets.