March 31, 2005

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According to news sources, Pope John Paul II is not long for this world. He's now being fed, ironically, through a nasal tube - and he's received his last rites. Browsing the photo gallery available on Yahoo!, I was struck with an incredibly sad feeling (these pictures taken a mere day ago).

While I was baptised Catholic, I'm not religious (unless you take my fervor for Apple products as religiosity). What saddened me to near-tears were the images of this normally peaceful-looking elderly man in such an obviously pained state. Something about the elderly, when they appear as feeble as this, tears my heart out.

The pressures of his position I could not even begin to comprehend, and I'm sure I have no insight into what might be going through his mind at this point. I just hope that, for the sake of his own waning health, and more importantly, his peace unto death, his handlers don't feel it necessary to wheel him out on any more balconies.


posted by julie at March 31, 2005 02:50 PM

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Aww, that is a really sad photo. Over the weekend, both my grandmother and I sent my dad emails reminding him that his big chance to live out his childhood dream had arrived! As a child, my dad used to say that he wanted to be the pope when he grew up. How cute is that?! He IS bald and Polish, so I figure he's a shoe-in. So what if he hasn't attended mass for 35 years!

so said: Rachel at April 6, 2005 06:52 AM

I think your dad should be the new Pope, too. He'd better get his bald&Polish behind over to Roma, then, and kick down the doors at the upcoming Conclave demanding his shoe-innednessity. Wait, what?

Glad you're still reading! Even though I owe you a long-overdue email reply (that I keep starting and not finishing and starting and not finishing again and again), I refresh yr site everyday checking for your updates!

so said: julie (me) at April 6, 2005 02:30 PM



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