Pope Marks Anniversary of John Paul II’s Death

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 3, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today affirmed that his predecessor was in his prayers Saturday, the sixth anniversary of the Polish Pontiff’s death.

The Pope referred to Venerable John Paul II’s death April 2, 2005, during his traditional address after praying the midday Angelus.

“Because of his upcoming beatification, I did not celebrate the traditional Mass of suffrage for him, but I recalled him affectionately in prayer, as I think all of you did,” Benedict XVI said.

John Paul II will be beatified May 1.

Benedict XVI noted the approaching date: “While through the Lenten journey we prepare for the feast of Easter, we also draw near with joy to the day in which we will be able to venerate this great Pontiff and witness of Christ as Blessed, and entrust ourselves still more to his intercession.”

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2 Comments
  1. My wife Patricia and I will always cherish the thought of meeting the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto on September 14, 1984 at a Private Audience with our son, Christopher (age 6), who was dying of a brain tumour.
    Our impression of the Holy Father –he was a living saint. Someday he will be canonized and recognized as such by the whole world. He has also met again Christopher in heaven as we are convinced that he too is a saint.
    I am now 70 and I pray to God that Patricia and I will also meet Pope John Paul II and Christopher in heaven when we die.

    Dr. Errol K. Superville (Toronto, Canada)

  2. Thank you Dr. Superville for your faith and your testimony. Pope John Paul II had a special place in his heart for children.He always greeted them with a big smile. And his act of kindness towards you, your wife, and your dear child Christopher is another sign of his great soul.

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