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POPE JOHN PAUL, II HAS DIED OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM VATICAN IMMINENT (Breaking Nws) 9:37 PM Rome 4/2
FOX news | April 2, 2005

Posted on 04/02/2005 11:57:08 AM PST by CitizenM

Edited 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: Image Hosted by ImageShack.us "The Pilgrim Pope" - Since Thursday, March 31 and the announcement of the Pope’s 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. Image Hosted by ImageShack.usEarly 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 Pontiff’s 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. Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe 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. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us 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. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us 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. Image Hosted by ImageShack.usAt 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:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us "I have looked for you, now you have come to me. Now I thank you."Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Later in the day it was reported that, although seriously ill, he had completed some official duties and assigned a few more bishops. Mentally, when he was awake, it was related, he was able to remain focused. So, from his bed he was still handling some unfinished business he wanted to finalize, it was said. His bedroom was described at one point (giving us a beautiful mental picture). We were told it was all white with white fluffy bedding, and John Paul, II was propped up in a semi-sitting position. It was described as serene and peaceful and His Eminence was receiving constant attention, particularly from the three nuns who have regularly cared for him. Saturday evening, dusk came again to Rome, and a candlelight vigil was renewed by the faithful around 6:00 PM. A respectful silence fell over the crowds as they awaited news. It was said that, again, that the crowd of approximately 60,000 contained a significant number of young people who, although respectful in their attendance, had become quite boisterous. Media personnel reported there was an air of reverence punctuated with jubilation for His Holiness, as they celebrated his coming passage into Heaven. It was not one bit an unruly crowd, and quite well-mannered. Finally around 7:00 PM (Rome) another update came from the chief spokesman, Navarro-Fallas, who presented the media with a written statement that read: “ The Pontiff had developed a high fever in the late morning. His physical condition is still quite serious. He is responding to household aides.” The message appeared somewhat terse but was, evidently, meant to dispel rumors that had arisen that he was in a complete coma. It was also noted on the broadcasts that the Holy See could have been experiencing periods of ecstasy/rapture that he has oft slipped into when in fervent prayer, and, perhaps, was not just “unconscious.” Since that is somewhat misunderstood by the majority of people, it was not openly discussed by the Vatican spokesperson.
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At the time of his death, and once it has been ascertained to be definite, and he has been removed from his bedroom, the Camerlengo of the Vatican locks and seals the private apartment of the Pontiff. The pope’s Fisherman’s ring with his unique seal are smashed with a silver hammer to symbolize the end of his reign and to prevent forgeries. No autopsy is performed. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger will then speak to the people. The Bronze Door, a massive portal beneath a portico off St. Peter's Square is closed and is kept shut until a new pontiff is elected
When the dramatic closing of the shutters on the windows of the Pontiff's apartment takes place that serves as another traditional symbol to the world that Pope John Paul, II, (born Karol Wojtyla, May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland) the world’s first Polish pope, has completed his work and extraordinary reign of 26 years. He will have left his earthly bonds to take his well-deserved place of honor among the highest of angels.
Peace, my dear Holy Father. May the love of the people you served so unselfishly surround and lift you as you rise, effortlessly, through the clouds. We rejoice. You are no longer suffering pain or discomfort, your journey is over and you will be rewarded with God's waiting embrace, and the open arms of Our Lady of Fatima for whom you had such special devotion.
Pope John Paul, The Great
Image Hosted by ImageShack.usPope John Paul, II - May 18, 1920-April 2, 2005 Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Holy Father, you led us in life. You left us your love.


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To: CitizenM

FOX breaking, so AP is confirming it!


2 posted on 04/02/2005 11:57:47 AM PST by Halls
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To: Halls

Oh, wow. Gone to glory.


3 posted on 04/02/2005 11:58:16 AM PST by Clara Lou (I'm not pro-death, I'm anti-hysteria.)
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To: CitizenM

Amen, my beloved Holy Father. Amen


4 posted on 04/02/2005 11:58:23 AM PST by CitizenM (An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded. Pope John Paul II)
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To: CitizenM; 1stMarylandRegiment; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; ...

CNN has confirmed this independantly.


5 posted on 04/02/2005 11:58:28 AM PST by Howlin
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To: CitizenM

Rest in peace.


6 posted on 04/02/2005 11:58:42 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: CitizenM

Saint John Paul, pray for us.


7 posted on 04/02/2005 11:59:19 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: CitizenM

Terri rapidly cremated and now this passing of a great man and servant of God and Jesus....

Tears. Prayers. Holding head in hands and groaning.


8 posted on 04/02/2005 11:59:39 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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Rest in Peace Holy Father.


9 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:00 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Which part of "Don't Mess With Texas" didn't you get?)
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To: CitizenM

The world will miss him.


10 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:12 PM PST by Cagey
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To: CitizenM

We love you dear Pope JOhn Paul. Many prayers for you, our wonderful Pope!


11 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:19 PM PST by TAdams8591 (Evil succeeds when good men don't do enough!!!!!!)
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To: CitizenM
As per Sky News:

POPE JOHN PAUL II IS DEAD

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God - Pray for us sinners
Now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Regards, Ivan

12 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:20 PM PST by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: Clara Lou

While the rosary was being prayed outside in St. Peter's Square.


13 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:29 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: CitizenM

SeeBS is also reporting it now...


14 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:36 PM PST by WBurgVACon (Proud member Tau Kappa Epsilon - along with Ronald Reagan)
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To: CitizenM

May he rest in Peace. Thank you for showing us the way.


15 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:44 PM PST by Dacula
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To: Halls

Rest in peace.


16 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:52 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: CitizenM

Pope John Paul the Great - Gift of Self, extraordinaire.


17 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:57 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: CitizenM
May The Lord welcome His Holiness home and grant him peace!
18 posted on 04/02/2005 12:00:57 PM PST by SaveTheChief (Oskee Wow Wow Illinois)
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To: CitizenM

Many prayers......


19 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:13 PM PST by beyond the sea (Advanced Directive -- don't step on my blue suede shoes.)
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To: All
Gone to Glory...


20 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:13 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: CitizenM
Iohannas Paulus II, Requiescat in Pacem.

In paradisum deducant te angeli; In tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres Et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat et Cum Lazaro quondam paupere Aeternam habeas requiem.

21 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:28 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: CitizenM; Matthew Paul

Heads bowed as a great man goes on...


22 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:35 PM PST by xJones
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To: CitizenM

the World seems suddenly a little less bright....
we have all lost a very holy being , regardless of
which religion we claim.


23 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:47 PM PST by injin
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To: CitizenM

Rest in Peace.


24 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:52 PM PST by Larry Lucido (We miss ya, Indie! Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - http://www.leap.cc)
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To: CitizenM

Rest in peace.


25 posted on 04/02/2005 12:01:59 PM PST by octobersky
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To: CitizenM
I'm not even particularly religious, yet my screen is all blurry.
26 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:04 PM PST by ProudVet77 (It's boogitty boogitty boogitty season!)
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To: CitizenM

He was a sinner just like me. RIP


27 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:04 PM PST by Afronaut (Press two for English.)
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To: CitizenM

Heavenly Father, one of your greatest servants is coming home to you. Thank you for sending this great man to us, and we ask that you crown him with the glory he has worked toward his entire life here on a failed and sinful Earth.

In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

This Presbyterian joins the world's Catholics in mourning John Paul II's passing. He was a great man, a true warrior for Christ and for good in the world.

}:-)4


28 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:07 PM PST by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation this month.)
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To: CitizenM

May he rest in peace


29 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:20 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: CitizenM
(How long have you had this thread ready and waiting?)

Prayers

30 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:22 PM PST by Flyer ( http://dahtcom.com)
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To: Notwithstanding

MSNBC airing prayers without commentary.

Just as I said that commentating recommenced.

CNN airing the prayers now...

All networks are covering now.


31 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:23 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: CitizenM

Rest in Peace.


32 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:27 PM PST by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: CitizenM

may our days all be so blessed, and he will rest in the peace of the Lord


33 posted on 04/02/2005 12:02:40 PM PST by EDINVA (i)
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To: CitizenM

Prayers sent to encourage and strengthen all Christians everywhere. Peace.


34 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:07 PM PST by PureSolace (A Conservative bases his politics from his morals, and a Liberal bases his morals from his politics.)
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To: CitizenM; Eurotwit; Alamo-Girl; onyx; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; ...
Pinging multiple lists here.

POPE JOHN PAUL, II HAS DIED OFFICIAL
STATEMENT FROM VATICAN IMMINENT
(Breaking News)

The AP, FOX News, CBS and ABC Television all confirm this.

May Pope John Paul II rest in peace.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


35 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:13 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: CitizenM

Sorrowful Bump


36 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:19 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: CitizenM

Another of the giants of our time gone. May he rejoice now in the freedom and the presence of the Lord. (And perhaps he will receive a greeting from Ronald Reagan as he arrives there).


37 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:24 PM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: CitizenM

God will continue to bless him. If only our elected leaders could lead by example half as well.


38 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:29 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: backhoe

Beautiful photo in your #20, Backhoe. Thanks.


39 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:55 PM PST by xJones
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

God called the Holy Father on His own terms. We can take comfort and rejoice that he now is with the Lord.


40 posted on 04/02/2005 12:03:58 PM PST by Larry Lucido (We miss ya, Indie! Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - http://www.leap.cc)
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To: All
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."

- John 11:25, 26

Regards, Ivan

41 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:02 PM PST by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: CitizenM

Memory eternal!


42 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:04 PM PST by newberger (The amazing thing about communication is that it ever occurs at all!)
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To: CitizenM

Rest in Peace

He held on long enough for Terri Schiavo to make her mark too.


43 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:06 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth...)
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To: CitizenM

So sad for us.


But what a joyous moment in heaven! The hosts of angels singing!




I don't know what heaven is like, for sure, but I like to think of it this way: I think my dear mother is about to meet her very favorite Pole. Can I smile and cry at the same time?

I think so.


44 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:08 PM PST by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: Howlin

Rest in Peace, Holy Father.


45 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:10 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: CitizenM

He was indeed a great man and in my opinion the most important pope of the last century.


46 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:14 PM PST by BMCDA
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To: Halls

This non-Catholic knows John-Paul will get his Eternal reward. He was a great man.


47 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:22 PM PST by Doohickey ("This is a hard and dirty war, but when it's over, nothing will ever be too difficult again.)
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To: PureSolace

God Bless him. Thag is not Catholic...barely goes to church...but this man did more for the world than can be known....


48 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:23 PM PST by thag (Notice How They Called it a "Thagline"?)
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To: CitizenM

What a beautiful post. RIP John Paul II.


49 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:24 PM PST by jocon307 (We can try to understand the New York Times effect on man)
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To: CitizenM

Tears and prayers.

We were so lucky to have had him with us.


50 posted on 04/02/2005 12:04:34 PM PST by P.O.E.
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