Denver, Colo., Apr 3, 2005 / 22:00 pm
Hundreds of faithful gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver overflowed onto Colfax Ave. last evening as they joined millions around the world in mourning the death of Pope John Paul II.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, during his homily at yesterday’s packed and tear-filled Divine Mercy Sunday Mass said that, “a man like John Paul II comes maybe once in a century.”
“God”, he continued, “put him into a century that had forgotten how to be human….But despite the suffering he saw, [John Paul] radiated hope.”
“For us”, the Archbishop said, “he was a father, a pastor, a man who loved people with a warmth and compassion…that many of us knew personally from his visit in 1993.”