I told the Lord..."Don't do this to me."
There are many excellent quotes in the article, but this one was my favorite:
"I was so surprised. I didn't know he was so personable," said Annette Wilkemeyer. "This is great, especially for the young."
"Think ye that I have come to give peace in the earth? Nay, I say to you, but rather division: for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided; three shall be divided against two, and two against three: father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."Luke 12:51-53
"I would have preferred a more moderate choice," said Barbara Bowen, 56, a self-described "lapsed Catholic" from New York who was visiting Los Angeles and hurried over to the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels when its bells began ringing.
"I was personally looking for someone who would approve the ordination of women - that would be nice and progressive," Bowen said.
"He could be a wedge rather than a unifier for the church," said the Rev. Thomas Reese, editor of the Jesuit weekly magazine America.
Evelyn Strauch, a 54-year-old housewife from Ratzinger's home state of Bavaria, buried her head in her hands and wept as she stood in St. Peter's.
"This can't be true," she said. "I had hoped so much that we would get a good pope who would do something for women. ... This is so terrible."
Mark Wunsch, 27, a religious philosophy student from Denver, was elated.
"The cardinals elected a good and holy man who was close to Pope John Paul II," he said. "He'll be a wonderful and good leader in preaching the truth and love."
Psalm 119:25-32(Scripture requested by His Holiness as he lay dying on the morning of April 1)
As dawn broke over [St. Peter's] square, the crowd was considerably diminished, with a group of about 100 faithful continuing their vigil from overnight. They huddled around a message, written with prayer candles placed on the ground, that read "con te," Italian for "with you."Amen.
Media speculations prematurely announcing John Paul II's death surprised the Pope's vicar for the diocese of Rome.Cardinal Camillo Ruini is the appointed vicar mentioned by the article whose job it will be to provide the official notification in the square.
As specificed by the apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis," promulgated by John Paul II in 1996, the Pope's vicar for the diocese of Rome is to announce the Holy Father's death to the Roman people with a special notification, and will prescribe the intercessory prayers that must be recited in churches.
Before the official notification is announced, the Pope's death must be officially confirmed by the chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church. The current chamberlain is Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo.
The chamberlain, who may be assisted by the medical staff, will be introduced into the Pope's apartments by the prefect of the Pontifical Household, who is at present Archbishop James Harvey.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, miserere famulo tuo Pontifici nostro Juano Paulo, et dirige eum secundum tuam clementiam in viam salutis aeternae: ut, te donante, tibi placita cupiat et tota virtute perficiat. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
UPDATE - 4/1/05 - NoonAlmighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant John Paul, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him according to Thy loving kindness in the way of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto Thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.