Pope John Paul Near Death

Posted By: 'Okie' | 10:08 am — 4/1/2005 | Comments Off on Pope John Paul Near Death See comments below:

It’s been just a little over 24 hours since the passing of Terri Schiavo, and now Pope John Paul II is said to be unconscious and near death from Parkinson’s Disease.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope John Paul II was clinging to life Friday as his condition deteriorated further. The Vatican said his breathing was shallow and his kidneys were failing after he suffered massive heart problems.

“The general conditions and cardio-respiratory conditions of the Holy Father have further worsened,” the Vatican said in a statement. “The clinical picture indicates cardio-circulatory and renal insufficiency.”

The 84-year-old pontiff was taking part in the prayers of aides who had gathered at his bedside, spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said.

Italy’s APCom news agency, without citing sources, reported that the pope was unconscious. Vatican spokesmen were not available to comment on the report, and had denied an earlier report by the same agency that he had slipped into a coma.

I am not a Catholic, so I must look to those that are for greater understanding of what John Paul II has meant to the world. The Anchoress, always wonderful in her thoughts and prose writes this:

He told us many great things, and he teaches us, even now – voiceless, in his suffering…but there are two great messages which always resonate in my mind. John Paul II told us that we must be always aware of the Culture of Death that is encroaching upon us and – more importantly – he told us, endlessly, endlessly, DO NOT BE AFRAID.

Some might find irony in what happened yesterday followed so closely by what is happening today. Some may say one has nothing to do with the other. But, I can’t help but believe that John Paul II was determined to be alive for Terri, to do any and all that was possible to help save her life, not so much for her sake, as she most certainly is in a better place today, but to save us all from ourselves.

We will have to carry on that battle, between love of life and the Culture of Death, without him, but not without his wisdom and a magnificent last display of his great spiritual strength and indefatiguable courage. (db)

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