Saturday, April 02, 2005

Vatican Announces Pope's Death

Pope John Paul II died Saturday evening at 9:37 p.m. CET (2:37 p.m. EST). Shortly thereafter, Cardinal Angelo Sodano led over 70,000 faithful pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in prayer. A Mass is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. CET (4:30 a.m. EDT - note that daylight savings time begins). According to the Associate Press via Yahoo News:

"The angels welcome you," Vatican TV said after the announcement came from papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. ...

Navarro-Valls announced the death in an e-mail to journalists. "The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. (2:37 p.m. EST) in his private apartment. All the procedures outlined in the apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis that was written by John Paul II on Feb. 22, 1996, have been put in motion," Navarro-Valls said.

Unbelievable as it may seen, ancient Vatican tradition was pushed aside for technology, as the first official announcement of the Pope's passing was made not by tolling bells, closed bronze doors, or drawn window shutters, but rather via an e-mail message from the Vatican press office to members of the media.

Read more: Vatican Says Pope John Paul II Dies at 84


Anonymous said...

You may rest in peace Karol, we in Mexico will always remeber you, thanks for all your blessings and thanks for your words


Anonymous said...

His death has left me stunned yet I know he's in God's glorious Heaven. May God Bless His wonderful, beautiful soul. May God also Bless whoever is to come in His footsteps. I find it funny because I went to PJPII Elementary School in Clifton, NJ and I remember being intrigued by this man. Thinking about my future, I want to be like Giovanni Paolo II. The person who was not afraid of the world and took it on like a warrior of Christ. Not only is he the Catholic Leader but He is a world leader. ~~~Love Always, Jeanette Garcia~~~

Anonymous said...

God Bless you Pope John Paul II. May you continue to guide us and guide the election process to the next Pope. You were a giving and loving man. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Anonymous said...

A sad day for the world, both Christian and non-Christian alike.

The light on earth is dimmer tonight, while the light in heaven is brighter.

He has gone home to be with God.

Anonymous said...

Wieczne odpoczywanie racz mu dac Panie
a swiatlosc wiekuista niech mu swieci
Niech odpoczywa w pokoju

Wracaj do nas , do Polski

Eternal rest give him Lord
and eternal light will be light for him.
Request in Peace

Come back to us to Poland...

Anonymous said...

He is now with our heavenly Father and healthy again in Heaven. Bless you. You will be missed

Anonymous said...

"The light on earth is dimmer tonight, while the light in heaven is brighter."

Beautifully said. We all grieve for such a wonderful man, and yet we all know he has been welcomed into God's open arms today. We bow our heads in prayer for Pope John Paul II, and for all.

Anonymous said...

When I read about this, I was sad; sad because we have lost a great man and leader. He was an inspiration to a great number of people of all races and religions. As another reader said, he has returned to be with his Creator now.

By the way, I am a Muslim. However, I still feel great sorrow. God bless your soul Karol. Hopefully, He will grant your successor the same wisdom He granted you.

JWP said...

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, and I accept Your Will not mine be done.

Anonymous said...

"To nieprawda, ze zycie sie konczy; zycie sie zmienia." - ks. Kard. Franciszek Macharski (1.04.2005)

Spoczywaj w pokoju Ojcze, Janie Pawle II :( Bedziesz zawsze w naszych sercach.

"This is not true, that life is ending; life is changing." - Priest Franciszek Macharski (1.04.2005)

Rest in peace Father, John Paul II :( You will be always in our hearts.

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Daniel from Poland.

Anonymous said...

A great man hath died today. I didn't always agree with what he stood for but I so admired him & I am in tears at His passing.

Anonymous said... I know how the apostles felt.

Anonymous said...

Thank you John Paul ll. Pray for me and my family as you enter paradise. You have had a profound influence on my life.

Anonymous said...

Pope John Paul II was a great man. I am not a Catholic, so I did not know a lot about him until now. From what I heard on the news, he loved helping many different kinds of people. He reminds me of many great heros. Such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, etc.. Karol also know as Pope John Paul II will be deeply missed by everyone. REST IN PEACE Karol! We love you and we will miss you forever.

Anonymous said...

Pope Paul II Was A Very Special
We ant him to know how amazing he is.
We want him to know how much he
treasured and celebrated and
quietly thanked.
We want him to feel really good...about who he was.
About all the great things he does!
We want him to appreciate his uniqueness.
Acknowledge his talents and abilities.
Realize what a beautiful soul he has.
Understand the wonder within.
He make so much sun shine through, and he inspire so much joy in the lives of everyone who is lucky enough to know him.
He is a very special person, giving so many people a reason to smile. He desrve to receive the best return, and one of my heart's
favorite hopes is that the happiness him give away will come back to warm him each and every day of his life.
"Thank For All The Smiles He Give Us,
With Love From Our Hearts
Love Marcella And Familys

Anonymous said...

While on earth Pope John Paul II soared on the wings of doves , bringing peace and love to everyone no matter where he went . But now he can soar with the Angels in heaven , in his everlasting home amongst the Angels and Saints our brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone before us or in the angels case been with God since the beginning of creation . God be praised , loved and honored in all that we do . AMEN So be it and so shall it be .

Please remember to pray that the conclave of cardinals will choose as wise and holy of a leader as the last two .

Anonymous said...

You have touched my heart, Dear Holy Father. In your spirit I know you are still looking down upon us, desiring for mankind to be at peace and tolerant of one another. Thank you for the kind of love you have shown and taught us. I love you.

Anonymous said...

I hope John Paul II will be known as John Paul the Great for all posterity. He lived his life in a manner from which all the world could learn, not just Christians. Long may his goodness and wisdom dwell amongst us.