Rome to mark anniversary of Pope John Paul's death with rosary

The Diocese of Rome will mark the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death on 2 April with the night time recitation of the rosary in St Peter's Square, according to Catholic News Service.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, papal vicar of Rome, said the rosary would allow Catholics "to relive the climate of intense prayer that accompanied the passing of Pope John Paul II to his definitive encounter with the Lord."

Thousands of people were in St Peter's Square praying the rosary and keeping vigil when John Paul II died.

Announcing the anniversary rosary, the Diocese of Rome said Pope Benedict XVI will greet those gathered in St Peter's Square from the window of his apartment.

Cardinal Ruini said the people of Rome also are invited to participate in the 3 April memorial Mass Pope Benedict will celebrate in St Peter's Basilica.

Rome to mark anniversary of Pope John Paul's death with rosary (Catholic News Service 28/2/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pope John Paul II (Vatican website)

Former secretary says JP2's beatification needs critics (CathNews 8/12/05)

Vatican to commemorate first anniversary of passing of John Paul II (Catholic News Agency 28/2/06)
Events to Mark Anniversary of John Paul II's Death (Zenit 26/2/06)
At the Root of Karol Wojtyla's Philosophy (Zenit 19/2/06)
Michael Jackson may sing late Pope's prayers (Reuters 6/2/06)
Michael Jackson to set Pope's prayers to music (Ekklesia 6/2/06)

2 Mar 2006