Archbishop pays tribute for JP2 death anniversary

Archbishop Francis Carroll today paid tribute to John Paul II as millions across the world prepare to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.

Archbishop Carroll, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said many Catholic communities would commemorate the anniversary in different ways on Sunday, 2 April.

"I am sure that many Masses across Australia on Sunday will have prayers dedicated to the memory of Pope John Paul II.

"The world focus on his extraordinary illness and death this time last year are still fresh in our minds," he said.

"Who could forget the sea of people keeping vigil in St Peter's Square as their Pope lay dying in his apartment?"

Archbishop Carroll said Pope Benedict XVI had acknowledged the holiness of his predecessor by immediately opening the cause for John Paul's sainthood.

Meanwhile the Archbishop of Melbourne, Archbishop Denis Hart, said his death came during the octave week of Easter, as if to emphasise the victory of life over death.

"This year, the anniversary comes as we prepare to enter Holy Week, and a different aspect of those last days is recalled.

"We remember that last year, the Holy Father's health prevented him from taking part in this week's ceremonies," he said.

"We also recall those final glimpses of him at his window in the days following Easter, and Cardinal Ratzinger's memorable words at his funeral: 'We can be sure that our beloved Pope is standing today at the window of the Father's house; that he sees us and blesses us.'"

Catholics commemorate first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 30/3/06)
Archbishop Denis Hart: Not My will, but Yours be done (Archdiocese of Melbourne 29/3/06)

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

Vatican ceremonies mark anniversary of John Paul's death (CathNews 29/3/06)
Rome to mark anniversary of Pope John Paul's death with rosary (CathNews 2/3/06)

Wojtyla, A Year On (Whispers in the Loggia 30/3/06)
Last days of John Paul II were serene, says former secretary (Catholic News Agency 30/3/06)
One year ago: final appearance by John Paul II (Catholic World News 30/3/06)
Flame From John Paul II's Tomb Going to Poland (Zenit 29/3/06)
Prayers and a statue to recall John Paul II (AsiaNews.it 29/3/06)
100,000 pilgrims expected for events honoring John Paul II (Catholic News Agency 29/3/06)
Pope's memory engraved in our hearts, says cardinal (Catholic Weekly 29/3/06)
Archbishop Denis Hart: Not My will, but Yours be done (Kairos Catholic Journal 2-9/4/06)
Pope to Join Rosary in Memory of John Paul II (Zenit 28/3/06)
John Paul II Still Serves, Says Cardinal Dziwisz (Zenit 28/3/06)

31 Mar 2006