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:
You all realize if I attempted that right there, I'd be here until Thursday, right??? :)
You surprise me Ivan. Pleasantly so.
Prayers for a great man. I am not Catholic but have tremendous respect for this man. Best to all my Catholic brothers and sisters here on FR. Now is the time for joy not grief.
LOL--the photos with Castro and Bubba are interesting too, when compared with the rest.
Wow, that's such a Christian attitude on a thread about the passing of the Holy Father.
"Many of us saw something more spiritual. I pray you find peace in your soul."
However ContraryMary, in the meantime you could...... ok, I'm sorry NaughtiNurse, I won't say bad things anymore... :)
For us you leave behind, we are truly thankful that God gave us your leadership and love.
Joannes Paulus Magnus, Requiescat in Pacem.
Oh, my goodness!
Well...I might be too!
Thank You! My heart is happy. It is fitting.
The ordination of women was the downfall of the Episcopal Church. I will be devastated if the Roman Catholic Church goes that way. As a Bishop once xplained it to me, God is the Father, Jesus the Son. If God is now the Mother, then Father and Son become unimportant as the head of the family. That progression of thought is obvious im apostate churches of today, and the resultant influence of this thinking is evident in the state of American families today. The Catholic Church MUST stay away from this type of feminism.
I'm not Catholic but I would guess it has to do with the large change in status in so many ways when one is elevated to the papacy. Perhaps someone who is better versed in Roman Catholicism can answer your question more definitively.
Incidentally, around the time of his visit to Berlin, the East Germans built a television tower with a large round observatory at the top. Light refracting off the observatory formed a perfect cross, so the Berliners began calling the tower the "Pope's Revenge."
Amen and Amen..God Bless Pope John Paul, I feel so sad..
May Jesus welcome him with eternal Peace and Happiness..
We will miss the great man you are....
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Amen.
"Wow, that's such a Christian attitude on a thread about the passing of the Holy Father."
You are right and I apologize... I should not have made that type of comment to you on this thread...
If you read the first part of my comment, you'd also see that we've been quite serene, pleasant and frankly, almost family-like in our posts and in our shared remembrances... You jumped in on your first post to the threead with a bad attitude and I didn't think it was appropriate.... I do take back what I said Mary and ask that you accept my apology, I am sorry...
Extending that saying to all Christians:
I have this image, with the saying "Be Not Afraid," hanging on my wall as a tapestry.
It means more to me today, than ever.
Thank you so much for this thread, CitizenM. I went to church for Saturday PM Mass, and I was the only one crying. I wouldn't even consider myself a devout catholic, but I feel like a lost sheep. I knew I could find some comfort here. I always do.
Thank you for the picture.
and he seemed almost like a grandfather, to me, because of being Polish. it will not be the same without him.
Isn't it wonderful to behold such unity?!!!
And to think, all over the world people in unison loved this exalted man and felt his passing touch their hearts.
President and Mrs. Bush arrive unexpectedly at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington DC for Mass.
I did not see the #662 comment but would not doubt if it was directed at me for a previous post I made... If that was the case, I apologize to the group on the thread... This should be a thread in which NO COMMENTS should need deleting, so if it was me that caused it, I am sorry to all of you....
President and Mrs. Bush have just made a surprise stop at the Cathedral in DC for the evening Mass.
Foxnews showing President Bush attending a mass at St. Matthews Cathedral, which was quite unexpected.
GOD Bless Pope John Paul....Let us pray with a grateful heart for what the lord has done for us by blessing us with a wonderful man to admire as we honor him today...
Candle lit ;)
No sweat.... but you'd better watch it or we may need to jump ugly privately.... :)
Bless you and thank you Holy Father. My prayers go with you.
Beautiful... Jesus welcomes his children with a loving heart..Be Not Afraid...Amen...
That's my president! I love Dubya and Laura.
Indeed. All Christians, regardless of church or denomination, feel a great loss today. But also a great joy!--John Paul is now in the loving arms of Almighty God, surrounded by the indescribable beauty and happiness of His Eternal Home. May we all join him there someday.
Despite the drenching rain during mass at Giants Stadium, I was moved by his homily supporting the dignity of life of economic immigrants (of which my wife by my side was one).
This has been a sad week.
"O God whose only begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant that we beseech Thee while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord Amen."
"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You."
Hey, he's my president too! You hafta share!
(I caught a dry spot for a walk. Tomorrow: SNOW)
Definitely a great joy. He is welcomed by the angels.
Well it's raining here, buckets and cats and dogs. Everybody and their mama is getting rained on here.
what a wonderful gesture that was.
Giants of the Earth
Only Fox has the decency to show and let us hear some of the ceremony. I cannot fathom why CNN and MSNBC insist on babbling for every second of their broadcast.
I've experienced those days also Hand em their arse.
i also found the president's remarks very touching.
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