Saturday, April 02, 2005

Pope John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla) - 1920-2005

He had survived Nazism, Communism, a fickle world social order, progressive theology, scandals, controversies, 9/11, 2 Gulf Wars, the New World Order...

Whether you're a Catholic (devout or lapsed) or not, religious, atheist or otherwise, Pope John Paul II kept the universal church relevant in his 26-year papacy.

The Vatican announced his passing, which occurred approximately at 14:37 ET.

For most of my life, he was THE POPE, the leaders of countless millions of faithful in a church wracked by scandals and infighting amongst the Left and Right, liberal and conservative, young and old...

Now begins the hard part - getting a new pope with the skills and charisma to fill the Shoes of the Fisherman.

Rest in peace. May the Lord give you the r'n'r that you deserve.

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