Former Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, presiding over this morning's mass at St. Peter's Square, reflected on the life of Pope John Paul II in his homily. He addressed the enormous crowd, saying, "Pray my brothers and sisters. I invite you to look ahead, look upwards today as we are weeping for our Pope who has left us. We open our hearts to eternal blessing and at this requiem mass, the most beutiful words, to which so many times you have listened: Life is not taken away from us but transformed for us. Our earthly life is destroyed, but a more beautiful life is built for us in heaven."
He continued to say of John Paul II, "In a world built by walls and genocide, the Pope is the center of this civilization of love.... From heaven he will always guide us and be over us in that threshold of hope, which he spoke of to us so much. This message will always be written in the hearts of mankind."
At the conclusion of the mass, he read aloud the last letter ever written by the Pope, a letter which the Pope was to read at today's mass of the Divine Mercy if he were to have survived until now.