Vatican City, Apr 2, 2012 / 10:48 am
Blessed John Paul II remains alive with God, continuing to offer his prayers for the Church on earth, the head of the Holy See Press Office said on the seventh anniversary of the late Pope's death.
“John Paul II for us is still alive and present,” Father Federico Lombardi told CNA on April 2. “He was proclaimed as blessed by the Church, so we are sure that he is alive and he continues to be present and to intercede for the Church just as he did while he was our pastor on the earth.”
The seventh anniversary of Blessed John Paul II's 2005 death is the first remembrance of the Pope's passing to take place since he was beatified on May 1, 2011.
“He continues to be an intercessor for us, near to God,” said Fr. Lombardi.