Saturday, April 2, 2005

Pope's Final Words

From Catholic News Agency:

"Pope John Paul II, before entering into the state of diminished consciousness, whispered to his personal secretary the eloquent phrase: "I am happy, be it yourselves as well."

According to the Saturday issue of the Italian daily Il Secolo XIX, the Pope pronounced these moving words to Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, his personal secretary and right hand from his days as Archbishop of Krakow (Poland.)

The message was mainly addressed to the priests and religious who have been serving the Pontiff in the last months.

Nevertheless, the phrase, according to the Italian daily, has become a "testament" for all the faithful around the world."


  1. Such fitting final words. He was truly a great man. Many will soon be praying for his intercession.

  2. Thank you for posting the Pope's last words, Mike. His influence has touched the entire world, nd he
    will never be forgotten. How blessed we are to have had his
    May God give us another Pope who can also lead the Church at this difficult time.

  3. The pope died on my son's 17th birthday. I reminded him today what the Communion of the Saints means, then I gave him my JPII rosary, so that he would always remember the legacy of this great pastor. I'm sure he continues to pray for the billion+ who have had the great privilege of being a part of his earthly flock.