Skip to comments.POPE: VIRGIN MARY SAVED POPE JOHN PAUL'S LIFE IN ST. PETER'S
Posted on 03/26/2006 3:50:13 PM PST by NYer
(AGI) - Vatican, March 25 - During the whole 26 years that Pope John Paul II served as pontiff, "everyone was quite aware of the presence of the Virgin Mary as Mother and Queen of the Church during his spirituality and his untiring inistry". But, said the new pontiff, "this presence was most obvious during the attack on his life in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981". This was a bold statement from Pope Benedict XVI this morning to the new cardinals and all Catholics on the role the Virgin played in deviating Ali Agca's bullet. He made it during the mass at the close of his first Consistory. In fact, it is widely known that the Polish Pope maintained that the prophecy of the third secret of Fatima was consigned to him, the description of a bishop dressed in white lying in a pool of blood.
On that occasion, Joseph Ratzinger was the regional head (or prefect) of the Holy See and had to explain the Pope's thinking to the public and make it clear that this interpretation was not a dogma of the Catholic faith. And today, looking at the window that is now his after the previous pope's papacy, Benedict XVI added, "in memory of that tragic event, Pope John Paul II wanted a mosaic of the Virgin to be placed high above the Apostolic Palace, overlooking St. Peter's Square. It would be there as a reminder of both the highlights and the more everyday moments of his long papacy, which entered its final phase precisely a year ago, a phase that was simultaneously painful and triumphant, in a way that is appropriate at Easter".
Is the mosaic going up?
**This was a bold statement from Pope Benedict XVI this morning to the new cardinals and all Catholics on the role the Virgin played in deviating Ali Agca's bullet. **
We all knew that Pope John Paul II had an undying love for the Blessed Mother.
Would be most obliged if someone could post the graphic of that image. Thank you!
I posted the graphic I posted not having read message 5...not connected...
Were there any eyewitnesses? Or are we required to take JPII's word for it? Just wondering.
I should add that the picture I found is of a Vatican telephone card and that the text in the lower left corner isn't actually part of the mosaic.
That's it! Thank you so very much.
Yes ... the entire world.
What's your problem?
You didn't see the video of the Pope getting shot, in 1981, so it didn't happen?
John Paul II fervently believed that Our Lady of Lourdes saved his life. There's nothing controversial about Pope Benedict's stating the same belief.
Totus Tuus! I sure miss him.
Actually I'm waiting for someone to post unedited and unairbrushed photos of Mary stopping a bullet.
I wont' be waiting too long, will I?
O Lady in White,
who lighted on the little bush
in a cloud of light,
Our Lady of the Rosary,
knowing such things were to come,
not yet born
as you talked with the children
knowing what a dark century
it was likely to be,
you showed us the way of hope
your son had to offer.
O Lady in White,
who showed your hand
as the assassin lay in wait,
You who drew this man's eye,
and his posture changed
slightly, enough not to die,
as he struggled to see you,
as the bullet flashed,
Totus Tuus, he had offered
out of pure love,
and climbing the peak
to be God's witness against the godlessness
of the darkness,
you were there to help him through.
O Lady in White,
you held him close in your arms,
as the end of an era drew to a close,
this man who labored so hard for your son,
giving his all,
so tht even on the day of his death
he would instruct us how to live.
O Lady of the Rosary,
the time had come
to see the fruit of thy womb Jesus
in all his glory.
Thank you for saying Yes to the Father,
Thank you for your care for your children,
Thank you for aiding us in the time of our need.
I've seen the one up in Rome; yours is the more tender one, expressing what the Holy Father deserved after such a devoted life: "well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Where did you find it? Been trying to track the origin down.