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Pope John Paul II receives eternal reward

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

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.

The announcement came from Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls. Angelo Cardinal Sodano led the tens of thousands of Catholics and non-Catholics from around the world, who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square in prayer for the Pope.
On Friday, Camillo Cardinal Ruini celebrated an evening mass at St. John Lateran Basilica. Afterward, tens of thousands had gathered in St. Peter’s Square below the windows of the papal apartment to pray the Rosary, keep vigil, and to show the ailing pontiff their love and support. 
Pope John Paul II, who had Parkinson’s and a debilitating hip and knee ailment, suffered from greater illness for the last two months. The 84-year-old Pope was admitted to hospital Feb. 1 for complications related to the flu. He was admitted three weeks later and underwent a tracheotomy.

Thursday, the Vatican reported that the Pope had developed a high fever as the result of a urinary tract infection. The Pope subsequently suffered septic shock and heart and kidney failure. By Saturday morning, he was slipping in and out of consciousness.

On Thursday, the bedridden Pope asked to be read the Stations of the Cross, Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls told the press. 

Navarro-Valls said Friday the Pope had told his aides that he did not want to return to hospital for treatment.

Preparations are currently under way for the Pope’s funeral, which will likely be held within six days. The papal quarters will also be sealed.

A mourning period of nearly two weeks will follow before the cardinals under the age of 80 will gather in Rome to begin the process of electing a new leader for the Catholic Church.

Elected Oct. 16, 1978, Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years.

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Pope died after Mass of the Divine Mercy, Vatican reveals

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

“At 8 p.m., Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls explained “the celebration of Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday began in the Holy Father's room, presided by Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz with the participation of Cardinal Marian Jaworski, of Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko and of Msgr. Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki.”

During the Mass, the Holy Father received Holy Communion and the Anointing of the Sick.

“The Holy Father's final hours were marked by the uninterrupted prayer of all those who were assisting him in his pious death, and by the choral participation in prayer of the thousands of faithful who, for many hours, had been gathered in St. Peter's Square,” said the Vatican statement.

Present at the moment of the death of John Paul II were his two personal secretaries, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz and Msgr. Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, Cardinal Marian Jaworski, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, Fr. Tadeusz Styczen, the three nuns, Handmaidens of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who assist in the Holy Father's apartment, and the Pope's personal physician Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, with the two doctors on call, Dr. Alessandro Barelli and Dr. Ciro D'Allo, and the two nurses on call.

According to Navarro-Valls, “immediately afterwards Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano arrived, as did the Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute of the Secretariat of State, and Archbishop Paolo Sardi, Vice-Chamberlain of Holy Roman Church.

“Thereafter, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, and Cardinal Jozef Tomko also arrived”.

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

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - The Vatican spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls announced this evening that tomorrow, feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday, at 10.30 a.m.

“A Mass for the repose of the soul of the Holy Father will be celebrated in St. Peter's Square, presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano,” the statement announced.

At 12 noon, the Marian prayer of Easter time, the Regina Coeli, will be recited.

“The body of the late Pontiff is expected to be brought to the Vatican Basilica no earlier than Monday afternoon,” the Vatican also announced.

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Ancient tradition for confirming Pope’s death

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

This tradition is observed after doctors officially confirm the Pope’s passing.  The Camerlengo then must declare the Pope's death in the presence of the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, Archbishop Piero Marini, and of the Cleric Prelates, Secretary and Chancellor of the Apostolic Camera. The Cardinal Camerlengo takes possession of the Fisherman's Ring worn by the Pope; the Ring, along with the papal seal, is later destroyed before the College of Cardinals.  The papal apartments at the Vatican and at Castelgandolfo are also sealed off.

The Cardinal Camerlengo also informs the Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who then communicates the news to the people of Rome.

The Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has the task of communicating the Pope’s death to the rest of the Cardinals throughout the world, to the diplomatic corps and to heads of states.

Although the mourning of the Pope will last nine days, his remains will be buried between the fourth and the sixth day after his death.

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

Denver, Colo., Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

Archbishop Chaput said on Saturday, immediately after learning about the Pontiff’s death, that “a deep fidelity to Jesus Christ and His Gospel; profound confidence and joy in the Catholic faith; an openness to the good in the world,” marked the Pope’s life.

“John Paul will be remembered as an intellectual with few rivals on the world stage -- secular or religious -- but also a man of humor, courage, warmth, simplicity and astonishing energy. He had a tremendous dedication to the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life. He accomplished a century of work.”

“But most of all –he added,-  he radiated hope in an age with so little of it. He was a true disciple of Jesus Christ; and in his love and service, he invited us to be the same, and ennobled us by his example. “

Karol Wojtyla “will be sorely missed for a very long time. In every sense, he was truly 'John Paul the Great',” the Archbishop concluded.

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

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

The announcement came from Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls. Angelo Cardinal Sodano led the tens of thousands of Catholics and non-Catholics from around the world, who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square in prayer for the Pope.

On Friday, Camillo Cardinal Ruini celebrated an evening mass at St. John Lateran Basilica. Afterward, tens of thousands had gathered in St. Peter’s Square below the windows of the papal apartment to pray the Rosary, keep vigil, and to show the ailing pontiff their love and support. 

Pope John Paul II, who had Parkinson’s and a debilitating hip and knee ailment, suffered from greater illness for the last two months. The 84-year-old Pope was admitted to hospital Feb. 1 for complications related to the flu. He was admitted three weeks later and underwent a tracheotomy.

Thursday, the Vatican reported that the Pope had developed a high fever as the result of a urinary tract infection. The Pope subsequently suffered septic shock and heart and kidney failure. By Saturday morning, he was slipping in and out of consciousness.

On Thursday, the bedridden Pope asked to be read the Stations of the Cross, Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls told the press.  

Navarro-Valls said Friday the Pope had told his aides that he did not want to return to hospital for treatment. 

Preparations are currently under way for the Pope’s funeral, which will likely be held within six days. The papal quarters will also be sealed.

A mourning period of nearly two weeks will follow before the cardinals under the age of 80 will gather in Rome to begin the process of electing a new leader for the Catholic Church. 

Elected Oct. 16, 1978, Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years.

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Church is in state of “Sede Vacante”

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

According to the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis issued by Pope John Paul II in 1996, the government of the Church is entrusted to the College of Cardinals solely for the dispatch of ordinary business and of matters which cannot be postponed , and for the preparation of everything necessary for the election of the new Pope.

Paragraph 1 states, “The College of Cardinals has no power or jurisdiction in matters which pertain to the Supreme Pontiff during his lifetime or in the exercise of his office, such matters are to be reserved completely and exclusively to the future Pope.”

While the See is vacant, there are two kinds of Congregations of the Cardinals: General Congregations, which include the whole College and are held before the beginning of the election, and Particular Congregations

All the Cardinals who are not legitimately impeded must attend the General Congregations, once they have been informed of the vacancy of the Apostolic See. Cardinals who do not enjoy the right of electing the Pope are not required to attend the General Congregations, should they prefer.

The questions decided by the congregations, by simply majority, include fixing the day, hour and manner in which the body of the deceased Pope shall be brought to the Vatican Basilica in order to be exposed for the homage of the faithful;  making all necessary arrangements for the funeral rites of the deceased Pope; organizing accomodations for the Cardinal electors at the Domus Santa Marta; entrusting to two ecclesiastics known for their sound doctrine, wisdom and moral authority the task of presenting to the Cardinals two well-prepared meditations on the problems facing the Church at the time and on the need for careful discernment in choosing the new Pope; approving expenses incurred from the death of the Pope until the election of his successor; reading any documents left by the deceased Pope for the College of Cardinals; and arranging for the destruction of the Fisherman's Ring and of the lead seal with which Apostolic Letters are dispatched

The Particular Congregations are made up of the Cardinal Camerlengo and three Cardinals, called Assistants, chosen by lot.  The Particular Congregations are to deal only with questions of lesser importance which arise on a daily basis or from time to time.

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John Paul II left written instructions about his memorial

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.

Then the Cardinals will organize the mourning period, ensuring that the burial takes place between the fourth and sixth day after death.  The Cardinals are to celebrate the Mass in repose of the Pope’s soul during nine consecutive days.

Nevertheless, no one is allowed to photograph or videotape the infirm Pope in his bed or after he is deceased nor record his words with any instrument with the purpose of publicizing them later.
 
Whoever desires to take photographs for documentation after the Pope’s death must get permission from the Cardinal Camerlengo, Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, who, nonetheless, is not to allow photographs unless the Pope is dressed in his pontifical garments.

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

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) -

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.

 

The fever is reportedly not responding to antibiotic treatment.

 

Thousands of people continue to file into St. Peter’s Square to pray for the Pope. Reports indicate that the mood in the square is not as somber as yesterday.

 

The press does not expect to receive other statements from the Vatican Press Office on the state of the Pope’s health this evening, unless there is a sharp turn for the worse.

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

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) - 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.”

According to the Saturday issue of the Italian daily Il Secolo XIX, the Pope pronounced these moving words to Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, his personal secretary and right hand from his days as Archbishop of Krakow (Poland.)

The message was mainly addressed to the priests and religious who have been serving the Pontiff in the last months.

Nevertheless, the phrase, according to the Italian daily, has become a “testament” for all the faithful around the world.

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

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2005 (CNA) -

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.

 

“Nothing has changed since last night,” said Navarro-Valls.

 

“At  7:30 a.m. there was a compromising moment,” the Vatican spokesman said, but he did not go into details.

 

“We cannot speak of a coma,” because “sometimes he looks like resting, sometimes he open his eyes,” he added.

 

“I know you have come to me and for this reason I thank you.” This is a composition of the words mused by the Holy Father during this time, said the spokesman.

 

“Possibly the Holy Father was thinking of the young people he has met during his long pontificate, and of the people who have come to St. Peter’s square to pray.

 

The next update on the Pope’s health will be released during Rome’s afternoon.

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