.- During the third Mass of the âNovendialeâ for the repose of the soul of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Bernard Law, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, recalled the late Pontiffâs ties with the four patriarchal basilicas.
In a brief homily during the Mass celebrated at St. Peterâs Basilica, which was attended by thousands of faithful, Cardinal Law recalled the Popeâs link with St. Peterâs, âwhere he now rests with the first Apostle of Christianityâ and with St. Paul Outside the Walls, âwhich takes its name from him who brought the word of Christ to all peoples.â
âPope John Paul II did the same throughout his pontificate,â recalled the American cardinal. He also mentioned the Popeâs link with St. John Lateran, the Popeâs own cathedral as Bishop of Rome, and his link with St. Mary Major because of his profound Marian devotion.
A lone protest staged by Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) against Law, former Archbishop of Boston, went unnoticed by the faithful. Italian policemen peacefully escorted Blaine off St. Peter's Square as she was preparing to distribute fliers.