Archive of April 2, 2005

Pope still in serious condition, but not in a Coma, Vatican says

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a 10:30 a.m. press briefing, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls   announced that Pope John Paul was still in serious condition, but he was not in a coma.

"I am happy, be it yourselves as well," utters Pope

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, before entering into the state of diminished consciousness, whispered to his personal secretary the eloquent phrase: “I am happy, be it yourselves as well.”

Pope John Paul II suffering from high fever, not responding to antibiotics

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has developed a very high fever and continues to slip in and out of consciousness, says the latest report from the Vatican. 

Pope John Paul II receives eternal reward

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has received his eternal reward. The much-loved Pope died Saturday evening in Rome after serving the universal Church as the vicar of Christ for 26 years, five months and 17 days.  

Pope John Paul II receives eternal reward at 9:37 p.m.

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The third-longest serving pontiff, after St. Peter and Pope Pius IX, died serenely at 9:37 p.m., Rome time, in his papal apartments overlooking St. Peter’s Square. His death, April 2, is on the eve of the Feast of the Divine Mercy, a feast-day that the Pope had instituted in the Church.

Sunday 10:30, first funeral Mass for Pope John Paul at the Vatican

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls announced this evening that tomorrow, feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday, at 10.30 a.m.

Pope “accomplished a century of work,” says Archbishop Chaput

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap, Archibhsop of Denver, said today that  Pope John Paul II “embodied the greatest qualities of the Second Vatican Council,” and acomplished “a century of work” in the 26 years of his pontificate.

Pope died after Mass of the Divine Mercy, Vatican reveals

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul died after attending the Mass of the Divine Mercy, a feast he personally established three years ago, revealed the Vatican in a press release. The Holy Father died at 9:37 p.m. in his private apartment.

Ancient tradition for confirming Pope’s death

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to the Apostolic Constitution Apostólica Universi Dominici Gregis issued by Pope John Paul II in 1996, the confirming of the death of a Pontiff includes an ancient tradition: The death of the Pope is verified by the Cardinal Camerlengo, Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, who is to gently strike the Pope's head with a small silver hammer and call out his Christian name three times.

Church is in state of “Sede Vacante”

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With the death of John Paul II, the Church enters a state known as “Sede Vacante,” the principle of “no innovar” is invoked and most of the Vatican offices of the Roman Curia become vacant until the election of the new Pontiff.

John Paul II left written instructions about his memorial

Apr 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According the norms established by the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, issued by Pope John Paul II in 1996, after the death of the Supreme Pontiff, the College of Cardinals has the task of establishing the day, hour and manner in which the body of the deceased Pontiff will be transported to the Vatican Basilica for veneration by the faithful.

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