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John Paul The Great

Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005, at 9:37 PM Vatican time, 1:37 PM Central time

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson had this to say about the passing of Pope John Paul II:

"Few popes in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church have had so momentous an impact on the Church and the world at large as the man we can now properly call John Paul the Great. The 1.7 million members of the Knights of Columbus, who have had the privilege of supporting him in so many ways over the past 27 years, mourn his passing even as we recall the contribution of this extraordinary and holy man.

(The full text of the Supreme Knight's statement is at

The Vatican announced that the vigil mass of Divine Mercy Sunday was celebrated in the Pope's room at 8:00 PM, and that he also received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. John Paul II died at the end of the mass.

"Pope John Paul the Great" is a title already being used by folks across the world, on Rome's streets, and in the Vatican. The official text of Cardinal Angelo Sodano‘s Divine Mercy Sunday homily called the late pope "John Paul the Great," although Cardinal Soldano, a major Vatican official, said "John Paul II" when reading his text.

President Bush plans to be in Rome April 8, 2005, the first American president to be at a Pope's funeral.

Pope John Paul II taught the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. His death, during the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, contrasted sharply with a recent high-profile death in this country. That's what this month's other article is about.

Brian H. Gill, Editor, Sauk Centre K of C Bulletin

April 2005

"The Da Vinci Code:" History as it Never Was

Same Stone in Loreto Altar, Nazareth Grotto

Roe v. Wade and the Real World

Is Sally Fields Human?

Silent Night, Holiday Night

Father Michael McGivney and the Knights of Columbus

Mexican Martyrs and the Knights of Columbus

Katrina, Catholic Charities, and KC

Igor! I Need More Bodies!

Benedict XVI: From POW to Pope

Doesn't This Just Kill You?

John Paul the Great

Holy Father Back in Gemelli Hospital

Modesty: Living in Balance

"Healing the World"

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Voting and the Catholic Citizen

Chores Can Be Prayer, too

I Could Just Die!

Some Quotes for an Election Year

Current Chaplain's Report

Chaplain's Report Archive


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