Archive of April 7, 2005

Vatican reopens lines to see pope

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Trying to accommodate as many pilgrims who want to see the body of Pope John Paul II as possible, the Vatican has decided to reopen lines into St. Peter’s Basilica prior to the pope’s Friday funeral.

Rome prepares for unprecedented crowds

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The prefect of the city of Rome announced Thursday that the day of the Funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II will be an unforgettable one, with more than four million people expected to be in attendance.

Conclave to start afternoon of April 18

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin  Navarro-Valls gave a briefing early this afternoon on the fourth General Congregation of cardinals that was held this morning in the Vatican, during which he announced that the conclave to elect the successor of John Paul II will start the afternoon of Monday, April 18.

Polish intellectual highlights Pope’s profound respect for women, maternity and celibacy

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Wanda Poltawska, one of Poland’s brightest scholars on the philosophy of Pope John Paul II, revealed details of Karol Wojtila’s profound vision about women, sexuality and parenthood.

Australian bishops recognize John Paul’s ‘extraordinary legacy’

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II was “a much-loved leader of the Church who leaves an extraordinary legacy,” said the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

John Paul taught that dignity comes from God, says cardinal

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, especially in his dying hours, taught the world what it means to be human, said Cardinal Corman Murphy-O’Connor. Prior to leaving for Rome, Britain’s top Catholic cleric reflected on the death and life of Pope John Paul II. 

Pope never wavered or lost hope: Tony Blair

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Prime Minister Tony Blair remembers meeting Pope John Paul II with his family two years ago. The Pope “radiated such warmth and kindness that the meeting was unforgettable,” he said.

Italian university students pray for Pope

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- University students in Rome have been gathering to pray for Pope John Paul II. The Pope was close to young people and held several conferences for university students in Rome during his pontificate.

National March for Marriage in Ottawa this weekend

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Canadians are expected to converge on Ottawa this weekend for the March for Marriage and Freedom.

Three U.S. presidents honor Pope John Paul II

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Among the millions waiting to see the body of John Paul II lying in state at St. Peter’s Basilica yesterday were three U.S. presidents.

1,200 pack Denver Cathedral for John Paul II memorial

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- For the second night in less than a week, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Denver overflowed with people wishing to say farewell to Pope John Paul II, a man who shepherded the Catholic Church for 26 years before his death on Saturday. 

Vatican releases Pope’s testament: moving reflexion on life, death and Christ’s Salvation

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The following is an English summary of the official Vatican Italian translation of the text of Pope John Paul II's last will and testament, which was originally written in Polish with successive additions.

Vatican releases John Paul II’s will

Apr 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican released the last will and spiritual testament of Pope John Paul II, read yesterday for the first time by gathered cardinals. Read a summary of the document at:

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