Pope reveals he wears a Carmelite scapular
Pope John Paul II wrote a letter for the 750th anniversary of the reception of the scapular by the Carmelite order, in which he reveals that he has worn a smaller version of the scapular since his youth.
The scapular was received by Carmelite Superior General Simon Stock in 1251. The Virgin Mary appeared to him and assured the eternal salvation of all those who wear the scapular with devotion.
The Holy Father sent a letter to the generals of the two Carmelite branches, in which he made the personal revelation: "I, too, have carried the Carmel scapular over my heart for a long time!"
When he was a university student in Krakow, Poland, before entering the seminary, Karol Wojtyla considered entering the Carmelite order, after reading St. John of the Cross' works. The mystic's writings so fascinated Wojtyla, that he based his doctoral thesis on them.