Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Death of Pope John Paul II

I try not to delve off-topic, and since I started this blog, I've managed to accomplish that. I have to break from that today. About an hour ago, Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84. I am a Catholic and John Paul II is the only pope I have known having been made pope 5 years before my birth. No matter my stage in life or what's going on in the world, every Sunday, prayers were made on behalf of Pope John Paul II during mass. Even if you are not Catholic or religious of any sorts, no doubt John Paul II was still an important man who was perhaps most instrumental in ending Communism in Eastern Europe. He, unlike almost all of his predecessors, reached out to people, be they the poor of Africa and Latin America, or people of other faiths, bridging the gap between rich and poor, Jew, Muslim, and Christian. He believed that God loved them all and respected the universal right of human dignity. Today we have lost that man. But, for those of faith, he is now in a better place without pain, thanks to his wonderful works on Earth.

Thank you for indulging me on this. This is a very emotional event for me and I needed to get this off my chest. Thank you.


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