World remembers Pope John Paul II

The recital of the rosary in St Peter's Square, a special mass for the beatification of John Paul II in Poland, and an interfaith meeting in New Delhi are among the celebrations yesterday to mark John Paul II's death.

The recital of the rosary in St Peter's Square recalled the gathering and prayers that took place a year ago at the same place. Pope Benedict XVI yesterday led the Marian prayer for the former Pope who had the "Totus Tuus" on his coat of arms, dedicated to Mary.

The recital of the rosary yesterday evening, and mass today celebrated in St Peter's Square are two public events among many across the world to commemorated the death of the late Pontiff.

In Poland, at the hour of John Paul II's death, the historic Sigismund bell of Wawel Cathedral pealed. This is the same bell that rang out on the afternoon of 16 October 1978 to announce to the Poles that one of them had become pope.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was secretary to John Paul II, celebrated an anniversary mass in the Cathedral where Fr Karol Wojtyla, as John Paul II was then known, celebrated his first mass. Services also took place in Wadowice, the birth place of Fr Wojtyla.

A special mass for the beatification of John Paul II was celebrated in the Polish shrine of Lagiewniki, dedicated to the Divine Mercy. Fr Wojtyla had been especially attached to this place since his youth.

In Asia, defined by John Paul II as "our shared task for the third millennium", special initiatives were also planned to recall the deceased pope.

In Seoul, a photo exhibition and a film broadcast recalled the visits of John Paul II to the country in 1984 and 1989.

In New Delhi, an inter-faith meeting was held by human rights organisations to "gather people of different faiths and social strata" in memory of the late pope's voice, "the most important one in the defence of the weak".

There was a youth gathering in Manila to mark the World Youth Day there in 1995 that saw the participation of around four million people.

Across Australia yesterday, special masses were dedicated to Pope John Paul II's memory, who visited Australia three times in 1973, 1986 and 1995.

Catholics commemorate first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 31/3/06)
Benedict XVI and the whole world remember the death of John Paul II (AsiaNews.it 31/3/06)

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

Archbishop pays tribute for JP2 death anniversary (CathNews 31/3/06)
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)

Pope's home town attracts visitors (SAPA/iol 31/3/06)
Screening of film on the life of John Paul II (Vatican Information Service 31/3/06 - temporary url)
Ireland marks first anniversary of late Pope's death (Irish Times 2/4/06)
Catholics remember late Pope on anniversary of his death (Irish Times 2/4/06)
Benedict leads John Paul tributes (Daily Telegraph 3/4/06)
Catholics have marked the 1st anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II (NZCity/Newstalk ZB 2/4/06)
Pope's house is given to Church (BBC 1/4/06)
John Paul II, a "tireless messenger of the word of God, says Card Pham Minh Man (AsiaNews.it 31/3/06)
India remembers the Pope "loved by the entire nation" (AsiaNews.it 31/3/06)
For all Koreans John Paul is already a saint, says Cardinal Cheong (AsiaNews.it 31/3/06)
The Pope convinced us all to open wide to Christ, says bishop of Manila (AsiaNews.it 31/3/06)
Cardinal Darmaatmadja: "Doctors, ground your service in faith" (AsiaNews.it 1/4/06)
Pope: Open wide the doors to Christ, let's persevere in the living legacy of John Paul II (AsiaNews.it 2/4/06)
New 'sister city' bond between birthplaces of John Paul II and Padre Pio (Catholic News Agency 31/3/06)
Following viewing of new film biography, Pope calls John Paul II 'tireless prophet of hope and peace' (Catholic News Agency 31/3/06)
People of all religions and atheists offer testimonies of John Paul's sanctity (catholicireland.net 2/4/06)
Pilgrims flock to Rome for anniversary of Pope's death (Catholic World News 31/3/06)
Vatican premiere for film on Pope John Paul II (Catholic World News 31/3/06)
Solemn Mass in Lima and in dioceses all over Peru on 1st anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II (Fides 31/3/06)
Lourdes miracles get a little easier (The Observer 2/4/06)
Services to mark anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death (Independent Catholic News 31/3/06)
Glowing tributes to Pope John Paul at death anniversary function (Indian Catholic 2/4/06)
John Paul's trump card (The Tablet 1/4/06)
Pope Is Touched by Film on John Paul II (Zenit 31/3/06)
Scriptwriter Remembers John Paul II (Zenit 31/3/06)
Nun's Cure Being Studied in John Paul II's Cause (Zenit 31/3/06)
Cardinal Dziwisz Recalls Polish Pontiff's Last Days (Zenit 31/3/06)

Holy Father's prayer intentions for April (Vatican Information Service 31/3/06 - temporary url)
Pope calls on European conservatives to retain Christian values (euobserver.com 31/3/06)
A blessing in disguise (Sydney Morning Herald 1/4/06)
Pope says Catholic leaders have a right to comment on policy debates (Catholic News Service 30/3/06)
Pope Benedict focuses prayer on political rights of women (Catholic News Agency 31/3/06)
Holy Father prays for freedom of Catholic Church in China (Catholic News Agency 31/3/06)
April prayer intentions for Pope Benedict XVI (Catholic World News 31/3/06)
John L. Allen: Tough love (National Catholic Reporter 31/3/06)
John L. Allen: The dictatorship of relativism (National Catholic Reporter 31/3/06)
John L. Allen: The last 12 months (National Catholic Reporter 31/3/06)
John L. Allen: Benedict the teacher (National Catholic Reporter 31/3/06)
John L. Allen: Who's paying attention? (National Catholic Reporter 31/3/06)
John L. Allen: What hasn't happened (National Catholic Reporter 31/3/06)
Is the Pope a new man? (The Age 1/4/06)
Premier to visit Pope (The Weekend Australian/Australian Associated Press 2/4/06)
Pope Benedict XVI: To the participants of the Congress promoted by the European People's Party (March 30, 2006)
Pope Benedict XVI: Greeting at the conclusion of the screening of the film "Karol, a Pope who Remained a Man" (March 30, 2006)
Pope Speaks Out Against Abortion (Voice of America 30/3/06)
Pontiff Lists 3 Principles for Christians in Politics (Zenit 30/3/06)
Europe's Christian Tradition Is No Threat, Says Pope (Zenit 30/3/06)
Benedict XVI Urges Prayers for Vocations (Zenit 30/3/06)
Papal Talk to Conferees Gathered by Popular Party (Zenit 30/3/06)
What Benedict XVI Liked About Lenten Retreat (Zenit 30/3/06)
Papal Prayer Intention: for China (Zenit 31/3/06)

3 Apr 2006