Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope's Body Laid in View

The Pope's body, dressed in pontifical vestments, has been laid in the Sala Clementina in the Vatican. Only senior officials have been allowed in the hall to pay their respects, but the Vatican's television channel has broadcast the images to the world, which is now seeing the dead Pope for the first time. Display of the body began shortly after the conclusion of today's mass. Tomorrow evening, the body will be transferred to St. Peter's Basilica, where it will be available for public viewing by the hundreds of thousands who will come.

Reuters reports: Pope's body in view of world

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you have access to the letter from Pope John Paul II which was read during the mass this morning, Please post a link or text.

Anonymous said...

It is now time for the Church to declare John Paul as the GREAT, as they have done for Gregory. Should he have to wait to be declared a Saint? NO, he is already one that is only a formality. God Bless you John Paul the Great!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the Pope's last message to the people gathered at St. Peter's square a day before he died. something about "I have called unto you...."?

Anonymous said...

This wonderful man who taught us so much about life and in the end death. He left this world with such grace and dignity. It is amazing that so many people can feel the intesity of this loss.

The wonder of all this is that with loss that we feel, the emptiness in our hearts and for some fear not having that stability. I am sure that it must be what the Apostles felt after Jesus died. Gee, could you imagine what the world would be like if he came back in 3 days?

Anonymous said...

Who were the pallbearers for the Pope...what organization?

Jimbo said...

Good question! I didn't know the answer to this at first, but I have found it. The pallbearers are official Vatican escorts known as "Papal Gentlemen." Also known as "Gentlemen of His Holiness," these men include those whose ancestry includes past Popes. - Sources: CNN and news.designerz.com

Anonymous said...

LOVE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT!!!
I THINK SOLANO IS THE MAN TO CONTINUE THE PAPACY.

Fran Pisano said...

Having visited Rone last June 2004 with my four children, spouses, and nine grandchildren was the most memorable experience for all of us. The pope passed about five feet from us in his little car. My grandchildren were so excited. Even my youngest grandson who was only 5 1/2yrs knew who he was. This was my second time seeing Pope John Paul the second. I will never forget the great sense of peace and joy that came over me in June. Especially that I had all my family with me, but one granddaughter. Since I lost my husband 14 years ago, this was my greatest dream to have all my children and grandchildren go with me to Italy and Sicily, where my grandparents were born. I am 80 years young and I feel that my dream was granted.

Fran Pisano

Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB Fran Pisano, I am so happy the your dream became a reality! You are truly blessed!
With respect,
Shemsu Geoffery Williams