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Pope says Gospel consoles those saddened at death of loved ones

While people naturally are saddened by the death of their loved ones, the Gospel consoles them with the promise that all the faithful will be together with God at the end of time, Pope John Paul II said.

Celebrating a memorial Mass on Tuesday for cardinals and bishops who have died over the past year, the pope said, "they lived their earthly lives working and sweating in the Lord's vineyard; now they sleep in peace, awaiting the final resurrection."

Pope John Paul paid special tribute at the Mass to the seven cardinals who died since last November, including Ukrainian Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky of Lviv and Cardinal Thomas J. Winning of Glasgow, Scotland.