Skip to comments.POPE JOHN PAUL, II HAS DIED OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM VATICAN IMMINENT (Breaking Nws) 9:37 PM Rome 4/2
Posted on 04/02/2005 11:57:08 AM PST by CitizenMEdited on 04/03/2005 6:40:57 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
(Saturday) Vatican City, Rome Italy - The official Vatican announcement by Cardinal Ruini, is expected momentarily. Media is standing by as we watch and wait.
Synopsis of the Worldwide Two Day Vigil: "The Pilgrim Pope" - Since Thursday, March 31 and the announcement of the Popes critical condition, high fever, and urinary tract infection, and subsequent septic shock there has been a constant vigil of the faithful while media coverage has been continually providing updates along with stories, and historical information on this holiest of holy men. Early in the afternoon of Friday, April 1, international media and the people throughout the world were sent into frenzy that began immediately after the noontime Mass (where special prayers had just been offered for The Pontiffs health and peace). While Mass was still being held, word somehow spread that the Pope had lost consciousness; and then the announcement that he had also suffered kidney failure. Shortly, a (false) broadcast on networks every proclaimed that The Pontiff had died. The world held its breath and waited for the official notification, while all over the mourning began, and people dropped to their knees in St. Peter's Square. People stopped working, televisions and radio commentators spoke in solemn tones. But, no "official word came and well over fifteen minutes had passed. Finally a Vatican spokesperson announced that the Holy See was, indeed, still alive! Contrary to all announcements, his heart was beating and his brain was still functioning. Hours passed, and no news of any change in the Pope's condition was presented while people continued to pray and wonder. It was being assumed that the many procedures and preparations were being made within the Vatican. In the streets of Vatican City people noted the obvious security measures taking place: more barricades were erected, and more significant crowd control procedures were implemented in preparation for the expected rise in the vigilant. An additional number of streets were closed to motor traffic; a number of ambulances were placed on the immediate grounds for any required emergency assistance for the people. At approximately 5:00 p.m. (US EST) another announcement was made that John Paul, II was conscious and had never lost consciousness. Sorrowful, vigilant crowds have filled St. Peter Square rising to about 70,000 during the day Thursday. During that time hymns rang out spontaneously and a Rosary Ceremony was held. Churches filled with the prayerful around the world. In Poland, especially, people gathered in the streets and outside the building in Krakow where the Pope stayed when he visited what he always called home. Luminary candles were placed all over the grounds. Pilgrimages from all over Europe to Vatican City were announced underway and included Catholics and those of all faiths whose love, respect, and admiration of this Holy man transcends all religious and ethnic lines. The crows are expected to swell to over 100,000 in the Vatican. At 11:00 A.M (Rome time) Saturday, the Vatican , spokesman, Navarro-Fellas, made a statement that the Pope's condition remained very grave but basically unchanged. He was not in a coma, although there had been periods of unconsciousness ( medical commentators told us that was most likely due to the toxins that built up in his system). However, he would awaken and even interact and be alert. The spokesman related the Pope's love of the children. Note: He was so loved by them they nicknamed him Papa, and JPII.. A huge World Youth Day has been in the planning for years and was scheduled for Aug. 20, 2005, Cologne, Germany.( Message of the Holy Father To the Youth of the world on the Occasion of the 20th World Youth Day ) Navarro-Fellas related how the Holy Father had been told that mostly young people had been vigilant in the square the night before. That seemed to please him and he spoke, difficult to understand, but he said:
Yes, I agree.
The adults were in charge.
Blessed and fortunate to be alive during their times on this earth. May God bless and keep Mrs. Thatcher with us for many years to come.
Requiem eternam done ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.
A most holy man, the only Pope of my lifetime. Persecuted by both Nazi and Communist, a beacon of hope, light, and truth.
May he be received into heaven by his predecessor S. Peter, to join in the eternal worship of God alongside Our Blessed Lady to whom he was so devoted.
We can call her Lady Thatcher, too. :O)
Great picture. Thanks.
Heavenly Father we ask that you welcome your son Pope John Paul II into your Heavenly Home and that you comfort us on earth in his passing. In Jesus' Name we Pray. Amen
It seems almost better to ignore.....
rest in peace
I've always liked that picture.
I am not a Catholic, and I suppose I should be happy for John Paul II - he's gone home.
Still I'm tearful and sad. He was a great man who held the courage of his convictions and was a great role model.
Pope JPII, I am sure is getting a cyber shock from us as he flies the skies!
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. On the third day, he rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
are there miracles?
< "How blessed that he was lifted up to God with the prayers of all those dear people in the square." >
Young Italians wearing yellow bandanas carried a barrier reading: "You called us and so we are here" as they made their way towards the piazza.
Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said on Saturday morning that the Pope had tried to speak a few words in the early hours of the day, and had been made aware of the thousands of young people who had gathered to pray for him.
"In fact, he seemed to be referring to them when... he seemed to have said the following sentence: 'I have looked for you. Now you have come to me. And I thank you'," the spokesman said.
LOL. My error.
My mind is not clear right now.
Y'all having a 5:00PM Mass?
yeah, you are right
Why not just the best spiritual Papa that God can provide us?
The pope was truly one of the greatest leaders of the past century. Thank you for everything that you've accomplished here. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
- Chris, mourning Catholic
It's ok. Don't be upset or disturbed by that comment. I'm sure it was not meant in a bad way. Pope John Paul II was a man. A very great and humble man who would proclaim himself that he was a sinner, just like all other men.
May the angels in heaven carry him straight into God's loving arms.
I think so.
My heart is breaking, yet I'm so happy for him that his suffering has ended.
Oh, death, where is thy sting?
Oh grave, where is thy victory?
Rest in peace, Pope John Paul II.
Prayers to all who will miss him.
Deus, qui inter summos Sacerdotes famulum tuum Johanni Pauli, ineffabili tua dispositione connumerari voluisti: praesta quaesumus; ut qui unigeniti Filii tui vices in terris gerebat, sanctorum tuorum Ponticicum consortio perpetuo aggegetur. Per eumdem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in imitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
The seat of Peter is now vacant. May we not have to wait too much longer for it to be happily filled once again.
Sorry, I don't know how to say that in Latin. Any suggestions?
Not at all disrespectful. We may forgive so easily, but His Holiness had a great sense of humour which flowed from a true sense of joy and happiness.
Thank you for posting that picture. I had never seen it before. It put a smile on my face at this sad time.
For the first time the people were allowed to celebrate open air masses with the Pope.
For the first time Christmas was a national holiday.
It was something amazing to see that this Pope was able to bring that blessing to those poor benighted people.
Not sure why but that visit touched me so much.
I can't shake this feeling of profound emptiness,
or loneliness... a huge void in the world. Still
tearing? I am.
I was there too. The one thing that I remember the most about that day was that it was a cold, windy day. Then as the Pope's helicopter came in to land at the Living History Farms, the clouds opened up, the sun came out and warmed up. God's light was shown upon all who were there that day.
Short wave reconfirms that he died after the Feast of the Divine Mercy had already begun but it was still the First Saturday of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That could not be more perfect for a Pontiff who did so much to promote St. Faustina's devotion to the Divine Mercy and who had as his motto "Totus Tuus".
It will be hard to fill his shoes .. but yes, we all will complete his journey
Your Holiness, please watch out for the Catholic Church. God Bless You - you will be missed.
Sorry, I still have a long way to go in my Latin studies. But, I'll work on it.
Thank you for that picture. The tears flow from this Protestant's heart of sorrow at losing this man of God at this time in the world. It will never be the same with him gone.
A most welcome photo!
Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa at the start of a private audience at the Vatican in this May 20, 1997 photo. (AP Photo/Arturo Mari,HO)
His papacy itself was miraculous. More miracles are certain to occur due to his intercession on our behalf.
God bless his soul.
prayers for the Pope....the only one I have known....
I was 24 when they made him the Pope in 1978.
:) What a wonderful man....
The bells are ringing
Very well said!
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