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Vatican Says Pope John Paul II Dies at 84
« on: April 02, 2005, 02:30:32 PM »
Vatican Says Pope John Paul II Dies at 84

9 minutes ago   Europe - AP

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff who led the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century and became history's most-traveled pope, died Saturday night in his Vatican apartment. He was 84.

"The angels welcome you," Vatican TV said after the announcement came from papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

"The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. (2:37 p.m. EST) in his private apartment. All the procedures outlined in the apostolic Constitution `Universi Dominici Gregis' that was written by John Paul II on Feb. 22, 1996, have been put in motion," Navarro-Valls said.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican No. 2 official, led a tearful crowd of 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square in prayers for the pope.

Some people held their hands to their heads in disbelief. Others cried uncontrollably as they stood in the massive plaza beneath the pope's still-lighted apartment windows.

A Mass was scheduled for St. Peter's Square for 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. EDT) Sunday.

John Paul declined rapidly after suffering heart and kidney failure following two hospitalizations in as many months. Just two hours before announcing his death, the Vatican had said he was in "very serious" condition, although he was responding to aides.

Since his surprise election in 1978, John Paul traveled the world, inspiring a revolt against communism in his native Poland and across the Soviet bloc, but also preaching against consumerism, contraception and abortion.

John Paul was a robust 58 when the cardinals stunned the world and elected the cardinal from Krakow, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.

In his later years, however, John Paul was the picture of frailty, weighed down by ailments that included Parkinson's disease. Although he kept up his travels, he was no longer able to kiss the ground.

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Vatican Says Pope John Paul II Dies at 84
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2005, 03:15:19 PM »
Thx for the update, I just watched the President give a quick talk about the pope.  Anyone kno whow long it will take before another one is voted in?
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Vatican Says Pope John Paul II Dies at 84
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2005, 01:11:29 PM »
Typically 2 - 4 weeks, although, John Paul was frail health for quite some time, you'd think the Vatican would have a prepared a list of the "usual suspects" and have everyone in place...

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2005, 02:29:13 PM »
Atleast he lived a full life.   In a way it is sad, but not too sad, just because it is a death of fairly natural causes, not a premature death of somebody losing their life in advance, and death happens to everybody eventually, before they are reincarnated.    Whoever replaces him will have big shoes to fill, he is definitely an icon.