Friday, April 01, 2005

Thousands Gather in St. Peter's Square

Thousands have gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for the Pope as his condition worsens. Vatican officials are leading a prayer service as "Christ is opening the door to the pope today."

We plan to keep readers updated throughout the night and early morning.


Writedonnie said...

I have posted a letter that John Paul II wrote at the end of 2000. It is quite lengthy so I decided not to post it on this blog.

At the close of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000

God Bless the Church and the Faithful!

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed and impressed that the Pope is praying with people who are praying for him.

I remember that summer in 1978 when Pope John Paul l died. I was in Dublin, on St Stephen's Green. I met an Irish kid who told me he'd gone into a church high on drugs and when he came out the Pope had died. He thought it was his fault.

I was impressed the Pope pardonned his would be assassin.

Anonymous said...


Don't you think it's a bit insensitive to post such a comment/judgment about the Pope especially in a time such as this. Save it for a more appropriate moment when faithful Catholic AREN'T grieving the illness and soon-to-be loss of a HOLY man.


jocelyn_martinez said...

I never really mpaid much attention to when they talked about the Pope when I was little you know what kid does but it's been in the past couple of years that I've really worried about him, his doings, and his health. Not just because of his failing health but just because of all the good things he's done in this world. I look back now as a teenager and think it will be a great loss to the world to lose him. But as someone once said all good things must come to an end. But I just hope that with the end of this very good thing(the Pope John Paul II)comes another good thing.And I just hope that his passing which I have heard it called inevitable is peaceful when it does come.

Anonymous said...

To repeat what I wrote in another thread:


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 :)"

Anonymous said...

What a great man the Pope is. In my lifetime I have seen him as a man of peace, of God's true love, and of kindness towards mankind. He believed all humans had value as God's creation, and his actions showed that. He is a man of many spiritual gifts, and I would love to have met him, and hope to in heaven. I am not a Catholic, but want to say that this man has ministered God's love to people of all faiths, throughout the world. He has been an example to us of how to live, and now is showing us how to die. That is, hand in hand with God. I will miss his presence with us greatly!! I am so grateful I was allowed to be alive during his lifetime here on earth. It is hard to imagine letting him go right now, but I will pray for him that God will receive him peacefully and gently.
God be with him.