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Remembering Pope John Paul II

The world is mourning the loss of Pope John Paul II, leader of the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years.

Karol Józef Wojtyla, born May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland, was elected pope on October 16, 1978. His papacy ended today with his passing.

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4/5/2005 10:53

My prayer is that we will be at peace with the knowledge that one of the brightest lights and greatest warmths of our time has now been called home, to be with The Lord.

4/5/2005 10:57

I saw you in 1994, 1995 and 4 years ago in St. Peter's Square. Now I sit here bereft at your loss, and a physical ache in my heart pervades. Thank you for your love, compassion, kindness and reaching out to all of us regardless of race, color and creed. I feel your loss deeply Holy Father and now have come to Rome to say goodbye to you and my heart is breaking. You are a Prince of Christ and now you've gone home to Him. Rest well, Holy Father. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us this precious man for all these years. Rest well, good and faithful servant.....

4/5/2005 11:27

This Pope meant a great deal to me. I have been grieving him as if he were my own father. I am Polish-American. His being Polish meant so much to the Polish people, you have no idea. I am not always in line with church teachings, but this man was a good man of faith. He was a special, wonderful man and a spectacular Pope. I know he is already enjoying his reward in heaven. I only pray that my Polish loved ones were able to be there to greet the man they loved so while they were here on earth. I can't explain my (some think) overly emotional reaction to his death but somehow I feel very connected to him. Looking at his face I always felt I could see inside to the pureness of his nature and his intent to go good and save souls. His intelligence, sense of humor, diplomacy, and outreach all crushed the "dumb Polack" moniker that cruel people seem to so happily apply to anyone of our descent. I loved him for so many reasons. His legacy is not only for Poles, but for all the lives he touched. Rest in peace and glory Karol!! Thank you for everything! I will never forget you! With deep love, your daughter in Christ, Annie

4/5/2005 12:00

May God the Father bless you John Paul, May Jesus walk with you in Paradise, May the Holy Spirit guide you and may you rain down blessings from above and request of the Holy Trinity a new pope for the world, amen

4/5/2005 13:39

Pope John the II is in most all of our prayers. I have no doubt that his spirt and soul are in heaven with our Father. I just pray that the beautiful, loving and spirtial life that he provided for so many on earth will continue to live on from his seat provided in heaven. Amen Love to you may you rest in peace Lana

4/5/2005 16:19

He was a giant among men. He held strong to his beliefs and never faltered.He always said be not afraid and he showed us he was not.To me he was so much like Jesus that it was easy to love him.I know you will shine in heaven among the saints. May the Lord bless you and keep you. You have helped me find my way back to the Lord.Dearest Pope John Paul pray for me and my family.

4/5/2005 16:38

His Holiness has passed on into Eternity, but his deeds and unwavering devotion for the Church,its people,and the Faith will always be remembered. He was a breath of hope to all people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. He was the Defender of the Faith, a strong leader, and a man of peace. He broke many barriers and brought people together in an effort of peaceful resolution and revolution in the face of imposed ideological and hostile rule. He will be missed. God bless John Paul II, thank you for your service and dedication; thank you for your example and stewardship; thank you for your leadership and faithfulness; thank you for your courage in representing those who had no voice! May the Lord bless you and keep you; go now and rest in peace.

All our love,

The Santos Family

4/6/2005 00:17

When John Paul II died I was very sad but glad too, I was so sad because he died and we would not see him anymore but I was glad because he is now with God, but now I am happy because we won a great angel. I thank God because he did let me know him.

4/6/2005 00:44

I thank God for giving us Pope John Paul to be the leader of Catholic church. He has touch so many lives, an inspiration to the youth and a peacemaker. He's legacy will be remembered forever. He's been a good leader to all of us. His memory and inspirational stories will always be part of our life forever. Thank you God that for once in our life you have given us a person who will lead our way to you.

4/6/2005 03:01

You were our Sheperd our Spirtiual Father and you gave to all. A Beautiful light has left but now the Eternal Light of Heaven is forever yours. You made Jesus love come alive you showed us how Love&Faith have no borders. God's Peace Beloved PaPa Thankyou for all you have given to us.

4/6/2005 06:47

I thank God that He has blessed us with the life and witness of John Paul II. We are sad to see our beloved Pope pass, but we are thrilled in the certain knowledge that he has been immediately been taken into the bosom of our father.

His life and death are a great sign of hope to us all.

God Bless us all!

4/6/2005 10:36

God, thank you for this great man. Please let him find comfort in your loving presence. If everyone were like him, the world would be a better place.

4/6/2005 11:57

May God rest Pope John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla) soul. My mom was very fortunate to see him in the vatican. I'm praying each and everyone of you and to anyone who is mourning.

"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted"-Matthew 5:4

4/6/2005 15:33

So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work. Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me. (Philippians 2.12-18)

I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.
(2Timothy 4.6-8)

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine!
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
A porta inferi.
Erue, Domine, animas eorum.
Requiescant in pace!
Dominus vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
O God, Who has deigned to raise to the pontifical dignity Thy servant, Pope
JohnPaul II/dearest Karol, grant us the grace of enjoying with them eternal felicity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Dearest Karol, you will be missed. Intervene spiritually and lead the conclave to find us a Pope who will
lead the earthly flock as God wills.
Amen. with love...always...your frind

4/6/2005 20:19

Thank you heavenly father for Pope John Paul II. He has been a great inspiration and one of the greatest men to have walked this Earth. Keep him in your graces forevermore. God Bless you Pope John Paul II. You will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. I love you and miss you.

4/6/2005 22:39

What a great man. May he rest peacefully with the Holy Family. He will be greatly missed.

4/7/2005 13:35

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come thy Will
be done as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom, the power and the Glory forever and ever

Father, I am thankful that you gave Pope John Paul II a peaceful death.May he rest in peace.

4/7/2005 15:02

Gracious Heavenly Father,Thank you for sending such a wonderful man,in the form of Pope John Paul II.This man(as your son Jesus was),a bridge to all humanity.May he be in peace with you oh Heavenly Father,for ALL eternity.I pray this prayer in Jesus name,and for His sake.Amen.In Loving Memory of Karol Josef Wojtyla(Pope John Paul II)

4/7/2005 19:15

dear lord now that his work is done on this earth give him safe passage to you receive him with open arms, let him know he will be missed on this earth, and that we of all religions thank heim, amen

4/7/2005 22:25

Dear Lord,

We wish to pray for the good soul of our beloved Pope John Paul II.

Please give peace and comfort to all
who are mourning for him.

4/8/2005 01:44

May his Soul rest in Peace.
May PEACE be on earth.

4/8/2005 07:12

I will always love and honor you John Paul. You will be profoundly missed. Welcome home, faithful servant. You are dancing now in the arms of God.
love you, Carolyn

4/8/2005 10:14

Thank you Lord for giving us such a great leader of the church--Pope John Paul II. He was such an inspiration to all Catholic and non-Catholic helping to bring peace to the world. He will be greatly missed by all. We pray now he will rest in peace with you and all the angles and saints in eternal glory. Pray for us John Paul. I pray the next Pope will be just like him in gentle spirit and continue leading the church the way he did. Blessed be John Paul II we love you.

4/8/2005 13:16

God Bless this man who lived for all people of all ages. Help the world to remember his teachings and in the transition to a new Pope

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