Anna (hellga) wrote,
Anna
hellga

The Pope has died today

Such a pity... I respected him deeply, both as a man and as a Pope. Even though I am not Catholic, have never been a Catholic, and will never be a Catholic, I grieve. He really believed in everything that is good about Christianity, and tried to make it work in the real world. I don't share the same ideals, and I prefer the world the way it is today, but I admire people who have ideals and are willing to risk themselves to bring them to life. He had lived a good life, and suffered a lot before his death. At least, now he can be in peace.

Among more mercantile reasons (just so you don't think Hellga became white and fluffy all of a sudden), this Pope was ready to return the Mother of God of Kazan to us, would a new Pope? We will live and see...

Also, a friend of mine from back in high school, Eliza, really wanted to meet this Pope. I hope she has had a chance. Her mother was Swiss, her father an American, so she grew up as a Protestant in Switzerland, and then in US, but converted to Catholicism around 14 or 15. She admired John Paul II and always wore a medallion with his portrait. I haven't seen her for a couple years now, since leaving UNO, and this sharply reminded me of her.
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