Saturday, April 02, 2005

John Paul II, 1920-2005

Karol Wojtyla, the only pope I have ever known, has passed on to heaven, where he'll join my late grandfathers and the angels and saints in the company of God.

One of the most important things my faith has taught me in my short life is humility and John Paul II was the exemplary model of humility on earth. I think one of his greatest and most heroic acts during his papacy was when, two years after the assassination attempt on his life, he visited the jail cell of his assailant to offer forgiveness. How extraordinary and how telling.

The Catholic Church is by no means a perfect institution, but John Paul II, a hero for our time, lived his life in the image of Christ. His leadership and his spirit, irregardless of creed, is an inspiration to the world. May God bless him and welcome him home.

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Full news round-up here on Yahoo News.
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National Review's November 10, 1978 editorial after JP II was elected to the papacy.

The Wall Street Journal's editorial today on the pope's passing.

Official Vatican press release (via the Corner).

Plus, lots of updates and running commentary on NRO's The Corner.
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President Bush's full remarks on the pope.

Also from the White House:

"A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

As a mark of respect for His Holiness Pope John Paul II, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on the day of his interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty ninth.

GEORGE W. BUSH"

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