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Thousands Remember Pope John Paul II
FOXNews.com ^ | 3 April 2006

Posted on 04/02/2006 5:16:22 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of people clutching candles filled St. Peter's Square on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death with a prayer vigil that culminated with a blessing by the current pontiff.

Polish flags fluttered in the cool evening breeze, the candles twinkled and a choir sang hymns during the vigil, which ended with the blessing by Benedict XVI at 9:37 p.m. — the moment the Polish pope died a year ago.

The scene resembled that before John Paul passing, when pilgrims from around the world prayed beneath his studio apartment windows.

"He continues to be present in our minds and our hearts; he continues to communicate his love for God and his love for man, he continues to arouse in everyone, especially the young, enthusiasm for goodness and the courage to follow Jesus and his teachings," Benedict told the crowd, which he joined in reciting the rosary from one of the windows.

In his message, which was broadcast via videolink to Krakow, Poland, Benedict recalled his predecessor's suffering, evident during the final days and weeks when John Paul was unable to speak and managed only to bless the faithful weakly with his hand.

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John Paul II will always be remembered. God rest his dear soul.
1 posted on 04/02/2006 5:16:24 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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I know the good John Paul II has touched my soul; this has been the deepest year of my life.
He deserves the title "the Great"; but it's a greatness born of quiet dignity and strength, and yet always a spark of joy. God bless you Holy Father, you changed the world.
Benedict XVI has down well steering the barque of St. Peter, never forgetting his friend.


2 posted on 04/03/2006 8:26:01 AM PDT by PandaRosaMishima (she who tends the Nightunicorn)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I know the good John Paul II has touched my soul; this has been the deepest year of my life.
He deserves the title "the Great"; but it's a greatness born of quiet dignity and strength, and yet always a spark of joy. God bless you Holy Father, you changed the world.
Benedict XVI has down well steering the barque of St. Peter, never forgetting his friend.


3 posted on 04/03/2006 8:26:20 AM PDT by PandaRosaMishima (she who tends the Nightunicorn)
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