Wednesday, April 02, 2008

John Paul The Great

It's been three years now. Hard to believe!

May his intercession continue to aid us here in the Church Militant.

From Salt & Light TV there is a short but wonderful tribute video, "Thank You John Paul II." [Gosh, I didn't expect to get all choked up watching it, but I did!]

Cardinal Vithyathil, president of the Indian Bishops' conference, recalls Pope John Paul's relationship with India (Asia News):
He truly was a citizen of the world. He was the conscience of the world. He knew how to focus the entire world's attention on the problems of peace and human rights.

John Paul II was a man of God, a holy man and importantly a man who transmitted joy and peace to people all around him. He was great communicator of the Message of Love, Peace and Goodwill- he lived the Gospel and was a visible witness of the Gospel.

At the same time he was the voice of the voiceless, the freedom fighter, the peace advocate and the human rights guardian in the world.

John Paul II loved India, in 1986 on his ten-day visit, the Pope travelled through the length and breadth of the country visiting Shillong, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta, where he met with his friend Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkatta.

He loved India. He loved the growth of the Church and the sterling missionary works, especially in the fields of education and healthcare … The Pope also prayed at the monument of Raj Ghat dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi to pay respects to the Father of the Nation, whom he has described as "a great apostle of non-violence". For this pope it was very clear, that inter religious dialogue is one of the great ways of evangelization.
Pope Benedict celebrated a special Mass in St. Peter's Square today, to mark the anniversary. (The indefatigable Thomas Peters has photos).

1 comment:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

JPII ora pro nobis. My b-day is shared with the day he was elected Pope, that's something that I'll always hold to me.