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To: Salvation
John Paul II
De labore solis
From the labor of the Sun


John Paul II's birthdate of May 18, 1920 coincided with the largest magnitude partial solar eclipse of the 20th century. The eclipse, one of only 228 solar eclipses during the century, did occur over Europe. His diocese of Krakow is the same place were Copernicus toiled and labored on his theory that the Sun was the center of the Solar System. He came from the East - Poland - the direction from which the Sun rises, and was the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. The date of his funeral - April 8, 2005 - coincided with a rare hybrid eclipse.



John Paul I
De medietate lunae
From the half Moon


John Paul I's name was Albino Luciani which literally means "white light," as of the Moon. His diocese was Belluna, Italy which literally means "good Moon." His reign began on the phase of the half Moon, one day after its start. The term "half Moon" can also be interpreted as being symbolic of a short reign. He reigned for 34 days, starting from one day past the half Moon and ending just slightly less than a quarter past the next half Moon, but still within its phase. It has been reported that John Paul I privately predicted that his reign would be short and that he would be succeeded by Karol Wojtyla. Both predictions were correct. Incidentally, of the 100+ Cardinals in the August 1978 Conclave, Luciani and Wojtyla sat exactly across from each other in the Sistine Chapel. The official seating chart confirms this.

10 posted on 04/19/2005 11:11:35 PM PDT by Norman Bates (In memoriam: Pope John Paul II†, Theresa Marie Schindler†)
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To: Norman Bates

Thanks for that. I've forgotten where I saw it before!


12 posted on 04/19/2005 11:16:31 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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