2nd Lead (Adds details)

Prayers mourning death of Pope John Paul II held in NorthEast

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 April 2005, 10:53 GMT]
Thousands of people wept, prayed and said goodbye Sunday packing chapels and towns across NorthEast and the rest of Sri Lanka to remember the life of Pope John Paul II, the priest from Krakow who lead the resurgence of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland and the world.

Pope John Paul IIDay long prayers were held at the newly refurbished Roman Catholic Church at Kodikaman Road, Karaveddy and catholic churches in Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Amparai districts, sources said. A special mass was held in Colombo's St. Lucia's Cathedral Sunday.

Sri Lanka Catholic Church has declared a week of morning, Associated Press quoted a senior church official as saying.

Roman Catholics represent nearly six percent of Sri Lanka's population. Sri Lanka's Buddhist leaders boycotted John Paul's visit to Sri Lanka in 1995 protesting against his book "Crossing the Threshold of Hope," which was critical of some Buddhist doctrines.

Pope advocated talks between the warring parties in Sri Lanka to resolve the ethnic struggle during his 1995 visit.

When John Paul was elected the 263rd successor to Saint Peter on 16 October 1978 at age 58, he was the youngest pope in 132 years, the first Polish pope and the first non-Italian pope in 450 years.

Pope suffered from Parkinson disease for years and his death was the culmination of a chain of medical setbacks that began in early February with influenza that forced him into a Rome hospital.

"Joaqquin Navarro-Valls, his spokesperson said that the pontiff received the Viaticum, a rite for the approach of death, during an 8 pm (local) bedside Mass and died surrounded by his closest Polish aides and household staff.

"His death brought and end to the Roman Catholic Church's third-longest papacy, a reign that was at once energetic, charismatic and polarizing," Washington Post's special issue on John Paul said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=14611