Pope John Paul II Died Nine Years Ago Today



Today is the Ninth anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

April 2, 2005

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  • SisterCynthia

    I wish I had something brilliant to say, but all that comes to mind is that he did much good, and when Benedict was chosen to follow him, I was glad for the church, because he also seemed (and still seems) an equally godly man. So much has changed in these nine years. But the church does not play to the times, and that is a great comfort.

    • AnneG

      “he did much good,” and then he taught how to die a good death. During his final vigil, I got a phone call from a Calvinist, missionary friend who said I must be really sad. I told him that I could not think of a better way to go to meet our Lord than to have people keeping vigil, singing, praying and interceding for me as I entered eternity. What a blessing he is.

  • FW Ken

    It’s a funny thing: as much as this man was vilified for more than 25 years, his decline and death brought out the golden heart of the Church. These aren’t the folks who make the news. They are the people who fill St. Peter’s Square in vigil for a dying man – or to pray for peace in Syria. They are the 5 million filling the streets for his funeral. They are the three million on the beach in Rio in prayer with Papa Francis. They are the youth leading an all-night rosary vigil in a downtown church after a Eucharistic procession through downtown on Friday night. They are the few you see at daily Mass our Eucharistic Adoration. And yes, they are the parents of small children who go to the hard work of getting the kids to Mass.

    Blessed John Paul II taught us, led us, inspired us. Did you ever see the video of his watching the break dancers? He showed us joy.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Feels like it was so much longer. Well, he is definitely missed. Eternal rest and may he pray for us here on earth.

  • chrysalis fx

    God, it’s been 9 years already? Blessed John Paul the second, pray for us

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    My latest issue of Columbia had plenty on remembering John Paul the Great. Now to find time to read it.