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Vale!

His Holiness the Pope died earlier tonight in Rome.

God keep his soul forever.

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desdemonaspace
Apr. 2nd, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, sweetie.
gamiila
Apr. 2nd, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
We hear he faced his end with confidence and equanimity. I'm glad of it; it was clear when we saw him appear before the crowds last that he was really suffering.

They'll call the cardinals together in a week or two, and then we'll start the wait to see the white smoke emerge. Wonder if they'll have the courage and vision to appoint an African or South American to the post...
vegmb
Apr. 4th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
It is sad to know he's gone, but I'm glad he is no longer suffering.

Although I am not Catholic, he had a tremendous impact on me. I remember when he became Pope; I was only about 5 at the time. His presence in the world has been one of the constant reminders of goodness throughout most of my life.
gamiila
Apr. 4th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
I remember the optimism we felt when he was elected -- it dissipated over the years, but in the final analysis, I believe he did make a good Pope. He did much to establish a dialogue with Judaism and Islam; he gave hope and support to the people behind the Iron Curtain, and he worked tirelessly to provide clear guidelines for the clergy and the Church.

And yes, he cracked down on Liberation theology because of its perceived Marxist leanings, and he opposed the use of condoms in AIDS-infested Africa, but should that really cloud our jugdment when we view his achievements and the changes he wrought?
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