Friday, April 01, 2005

Vatican Denies Rumors of Pope's Death

Reuters is reporting that an Italian news source leaked the story of the Pope's death. But the Vatican is denying those reports, insisting that the Pope is clinging to life.

39 comments:

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Andy H said...

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Donhall said...

I guess Tom Delay will now ask for a Congressional hearing to find out why the church did not do everything possible to keep him alive, like demanding a miracle or something.

Of course, unless someone pays Delay a lot of money - he won't give a damn.

Matthew Keys said...

MSNBC says Eurovision reports the Vatican will make a statement soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why people want to basically lie about the situation. I am sure the vatican will let us all know when the Holy Father dies. Why would they hold the information? The Father obviously knows his time has come. Most likely the Holy Father is in a nice sleep, and perhaps he will pass away in his sleep. Go with God.

Anonymous said...

Hey you are on msnbc right now

I-lean said...

When will the Vatican update? They've been reporting an "update soon" for the last hour and a half!!!! I pray for him.

Anonymous said...

A good and holy man is near death. We should all pray:

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, And let prepetual life shine upon him. May He rest in peace. Amen

Anonymous said...

jesus lives, live jesus!~

Andy H said...

We were on MSNBC??

nonameofficial said...

I do believde the Pope has indeed passed as fo planes have left the United States with the Cardinals and numerous church officials.

EdWonk said...

John Paul II has helped change the world...for the better.

Christa said...

Those who go out of their way to defame and ridicule a great man of faith as he dies and others mourn deserve our pity. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Writedonnie said...

This day has been coming for quite sometime, yet, it feels so surreal. We all have had ample time to prepare for such a day, yet I personally have been shedding tears all day.

The Lord has now, or will soon have, a Righteous, Faithful Servant.

God Bless the Church and the Faithful

Tyler said...

I feel that the only confirmation we'll need is the white smoke or the windows to go dark and close. Until that, I'm not going to believe anyone. Not CNN, FOX, MSNBC or the others. Albiet, it wasn't even from a source, I'm not trusting the media with this one without proof. Call me a Thomas, but that's how I feel now. Prayers with him always.

Writedonnie said...

Well put Tyler!

I regretfully admit, I was the one who posted that he had passed.

Foolish!

I have learned a valuable lesson here. I ask Boney for his forgiveness.

God Bless the Church and the Faithful!

Mona_kitty said...

Hi! I'm a polish girl. Pope must live!!! He has changed world. Let's pray for Him.

Anonymous said...

VATICAN CITY (AP) 4.01.05, 12:10p -- A closed bronze door. Drawn shutters. Tolling bells. Somber music. They are all signs that a pontiff has passed.

Over the centuries, the most traditional and telling signal that a pope has died has been the tolling of the Vatican's bells, which prompts churches across Rome to join in.

But there is also the symbolic shutting of the Bronze Door, a massive portal beneath a portico off St. Peter's Square that is closed when a pope dies and is kept shut until a new pontiff is elected.

Its modern use is spotty. In 1978, when two popes died in rapid succession, the tradition was ignored. Under normal circumstances, the Bronze Door is closed every night at about 8 p.m. and reopened in the morning, making it unsuitable for a nighttime announcement.

And papal observers say it's not clear whether the shutting of the door even in daytime would precede or follow an official announcement.

Pope-watchers also are keeping a watchful eye on the shutters of the two windows at the side of Pope John Paul II's third-floor apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square. Some say the closing of the shutters can be the first tangible sign of a death.

Tradition dictates that the pope's vicar for Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, would make a formal announcement to Romans. The Vatican almost certainly would have made an earlier announcement to the media, either via Vatican Radio, which then plays somber music, or through the pope's spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, meaning the world would know by the time Ruini read out the news.
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We cannot rush God's time. All that we can do is pray for a quiet and peaceful passing. The Holy Father has not only taught us how to live, forgive people who wrong us, (1981 shooting), and dying with grace. One day I plan to meet him...

Kathy Frederick said...

CNN covered you blog at about 5:15 today ! Without that news, I would not even know that this site existed ! Thank you for giving us a place to watch the accurate news.
What an enormous contrast to the circus surrounding the death of Schivao...This is the Pope who has paralleled the lives of my children; I am deeply touched and deeply appreciative of your work and CNN's coverage of your work.

Writedonnie said...

We have actually been viewed on and talked about on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBC, and BBC.

Boney you will have to stay busy now, keeping all the obscene posts cleared.

God Bless the Church and the Faithful!

Lorenzo said...

Lord, Hear our prayers.

Andy H said...

Writedonnie,

We're doing our best to keep up with the comments.

I wish I could get recordings of the shows on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBC, and BBC.

Anonymous said...

Some comments posted have displayed gross ignorance and great disrepect. The Pope is the Spiritual Leader of 1.1 billion Roman Catholics. And, the Pope leads a Church that does (arguably) more than any other nation, other than the United States, or other religion for the good of the world and all people.

robert said...

My wife and I hope that God will grant the Pope better health and if he asks him to come home make the Pope comfortable and pass in peace.

Veronica said...

God bless you for the wonderful blog you have created. I only discovered it today, but I'm very grateful for it.

Words fail me to describe what I feel about JPII. He is almost like a father to me, and a man I sincerely trust with all my heart. May God receive him with open arms for all the love he gave us during his life, and may He give us the strength to keep praying for his sucessor.

Joe said...

Ronald Reagan is whispering to John Paul II and saying: let go old friend, come join me. Our job is finished and I'm having a heck of a time skiing Ursa Major!

Charlie McKinney said...

May God Bless and keep his holiness close in his final hours. Everyone will miss this outstanding man of peace.

Mary said...

By his actions, the Holy Father has defended the value of life and the value of mitigating suffering. He now shows us a happy death. God bless and reward you, JPII -- we do love you!

Arthur B. said...

My name is Arthur from Turlock, California. Being a devout Roman Catholic and a deacon at a local Catholic Church, I have grown with the blessing of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the teaching and guidance of our Holy Father, John Paul the Great. I admire and cherish the life of a noble man whom has been the lighting torch for so many young and old alike. I am extremely sad of his current condition and the near end hours of his life, I will continue praying for his recovery. However, being a Catholic and someone whom does all in the name of Christ and his teachings, I know that death only signifies the celebration of a new and eternal life in heaven with our creator. The Holy Father in these final hours, reminds us of the magnificence of life and the greatness of our faith in Lord, Jesus Christ. My love and admiration for the Holy Father has grown through out the years and in these last hours I pray for his comfort and ease. I know he will be with Christ our Lord in Heaven and that this is only the beginning of his legacy which will be remembered for many generations to come. The Holy Father is an icon of devotion, Faith in Christ as our savior, and world peace and love among humans all alike. He is a true hero among Christians and non Christians. May the Lord bless him and give him the strength through these hours of his life and may the Lord continue to guide him. May the Lord, Jesus Christ, continue to bless the United States, President George W. Bush, our troops all over the globe specially those whom are in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Holy Father … John Paul II.

morte said...

May God bless America, but not George Bush... He's a boob.

Anonymous said...

Prayers from our family goes out to the Pope & the Vatican in this difficult time. Bless you all.
Prayers from SCarolina.

Rooster_Dude said...
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TheresaC said...

Prayers are with the world..

Andy H said...

Rooster_Dude,

I don't know many things. But I do know this: the Pope is going to heaven!

I'd also like to point out that hateful posts are not welcome here. I believe in free speech, so if you want to spread your hate, you're free to do it on your own Web site and I won't grudge you that.

But not here! This is The Pope Blog, and I will be moderating comments like a hawk :)

scooter said...

It is so very moving when I hear some synogogues and mosques are holding prayer vigils for the Pope. This is a testimony to the greatness and impact of this man. As a Catholic I am touched all this, and feel that the Pope's death can be a vehicle to bring the world together to be at peace, at last. What a legacy for such a man if this could, in fact, occur.

May he truly rest in peace, and may the world come to live in peace

Rooster_Dude said...

My apologies to everyone for my insensitivity at this a very tearful time for many Catholics. Again, I am sorry.

Writedonnie said...

Rooster_Dude

I pray you will find the Lord.

Forgive him Father, for he knows not what he does!

God Bless the Church and the Faithful!

Anonymous said...

Joe, your reference to Reagan touched me. It does seem that those of 'that time' are leaving us.

I'm not Catholic, but do have great respect for the work that John Paul II has done.

He is a man of magnificent faith, and has shown us (by example) how to live a life for God. And now, he's shown us how to face death with dignity.

My heart goes out to him, his family, and to all he has touched in his life.

Anonymous said...

The Pope was a very kind and caresmatic man. Everyone loved him, even non-Catholics. He touched many peoples hearts. I admire him for how he forgave people. For example, after the assassination attempt, and he was well again, he forgave this awful man. Not many people can forgive others for things this horrible. I admire the Pope very much. I hope that his after life is good, and I will pray for him every night.