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John Paul's last words revealed
BBC News ^ | September 18, 2005

Posted on 09/18/2005 1:43:03 PM PDT by RWR8189

Pope John Paul II's last words before his death were "let me go to the house of the Father", according to documents released by the Vatican.

His words were spoken in his native Polish to aides hours before he died last April.

They are preserved in a new 220-page volume which chronicles the last two months of the late pontiff's life.

It is the first time the Vatican has published such a detailed account of any pope's final moments.

Parkinson's

Correspondents say the report is an unprecedented move, as the death of a pope has always been surrounded by secrecy.

The book is to go on sale shortly as a supplement to the Vatican's official journal, Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

It has entries in chronological order, starting in 31 January, the day the Holy See announced the pope's audiences were being suspended due to illness.

One entry on 24 February, says John Paul's convalescence was hampered by "very difficult swallowing", speech difficulties and "nutritional deficit and marked weakness".

Doctors have said some of those symptoms were consequences of the progression of Parkinson's disease, which the 84-year-old pontiff suffered from for years.

In the days leading up to his death, another entry describes the pope feeling a "sudden chill and violent shaking" during Mass. His temperature quickly rose to nearly 40C.

According to the Vatican account, the pope uttered his final words at 1530 on 2 April. "A little before 7pm, he went into a coma," it said.

"According to a Polish tradition, a small, lit candle illuminated the twilight of the room, where the Pope was expiring."

The Vatican announced John Paul's time of death as 2137.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholicchurch; johnpaul; johnpaul2; johnpaulii; johnpaulthegreat; papacy; pope
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1 posted on 09/18/2005 1:43:07 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189

What...So you have to buy the book to find out?

LOL


2 posted on 09/18/2005 1:44:32 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel

Its the first sentence of the article...


3 posted on 09/18/2005 1:45:58 PM PDT by RWR8189 ( Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Revel
So you have to buy the book to find out?

No, just RTFA.

4 posted on 09/18/2005 1:52:48 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: RWR8189

I had to read it twice to catch that.
susie


5 posted on 09/18/2005 1:52:58 PM PDT by brytlea (All you need as ID to vote in FL is your Costco card...)
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To: RWR8189

"beware of the auuuuggghhhh......"


6 posted on 09/18/2005 1:56:48 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: CzarNicky
I had a girlfriend whose grandmother was dying so the family had gathered around her. My ex girlfriend's mother is name Gay.

And her grandmother's last words were:

"Oh shut up, Gay."
7 posted on 09/18/2005 2:04:05 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: RWR8189

"Rosebud...."


8 posted on 09/18/2005 2:06:39 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!!)
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To: Izzy Dunne; Revel; RWR8189
Now, now! If I was a nun I'd wrap you across the knuckles with my ruler! - I missed the first line too somehow. But thanks as a PC consultant I'm familiar with "RTFM" but I'd never seen "RTFA" - probably because its in the first line of the post that utilizes it?
;-)

RWR8189: Between Izzy and you - I think you were the more polite. ;-)

9 posted on 09/18/2005 2:07:26 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: RWR8189

"Its the first sentence of the article..."

Those were his final words?
Wierd.

I was hopeing it was, "Let us cross the river and rest
under the trees."


10 posted on 09/18/2005 2:08:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: RWR8189

OOPS I must be blind.


11 posted on 09/18/2005 2:09:36 PM PDT by Revel
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To: MarkeyD

"Oh shut up Gay"

I dare say that was not the first time Gay had heard that.


12 posted on 09/18/2005 2:11:19 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: RWR8189
Pope John Paul II's last words before his death were "let me go to the house of the Father"

I think that particular one is a lock.

13 posted on 09/18/2005 2:12:44 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: Tunehead54

I would never expect it to be in the first line. They always make you read a bunch of the article before they tell you. I kept reading thru it looking for the words, but could not find them.

Now I am thinking that I assumed the bolded part was just the title and I was ignoring it.


14 posted on 09/18/2005 2:13:07 PM PDT by Revel
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To: MarkeyD
And her grandmother's last words were: "Oh shut up, Gay."

How do you know it wasn't a scathing indictment of homosexual-rights people?

15 posted on 09/18/2005 2:14:22 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: tet68
I was hopeing it was, "Let us cross the river and rest under the trees."

Next Thursday's Powerball numbers would have been nice.

16 posted on 09/18/2005 2:15:49 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: All

“Bosco!”


17 posted on 09/18/2005 2:28:54 PM PDT by johnny7 ("Thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes, black eyes... like a doll's eyes.)
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To: rottndog

EXCELLENT MOVIE! EXCELLENT!!!!


18 posted on 09/18/2005 2:44:34 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done good more for our country than anyone will know. He's a man of honor.)
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To: RWR8189

Bosco!


19 posted on 09/18/2005 2:44:58 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done good more for our country than anyone will know. He's a man of honor.)
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To: johnny7

Ooops, you beat me to it. :)


20 posted on 09/18/2005 2:46:50 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done good more for our country than anyone will know. He's a man of honor.)
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