THE LIFE AND LEGACY
OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
April 3, 2005
1:00 AM Eastern
Pope John Paul II passed away this evening in his papal apartments in Vatican City at 9:37 pm. The Pope's 26 year legacy will long be remembered by the world for the many good works he did and for his unwavering stand against sodomy, homosexual marriage and abortion. John Paul II was the most traveled of popes, visiting 170 countries and logging over one million miles. He brought joy and hope to all where ever he went and was much loved throughout his reign which was attributed to his great charisma.
The Holy Father has been given credit for playing a large part in bringing down communism in Europe. In his best seller, The Keys of this Blood - Pope John Paul II Versus Russia and the West for Control of the New World Order, Malachi Martin (now deceased), a former Jesuit and professor at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute, wrote in this 1990 geopolitical book of the "three way contest unfolding among the global powers - the Soviet Union Under Mikhail Gorbachev, the capitalist nations of the West, and the Pope's own universal Roman Church - a winner-take-all race against time and each other to establish, maintain and control the first one-world government that has ever existed on the face of the earth."
This highly acclaimed book states on pages 15-16: "Willing or not, ready or not, we are all involved in an all-out, no-holds-barred, three-way global competition. Most of us are not competitors, however, we are the stakes. For the competition is about who will establish the first one-world system of government that has ever existed in the society of nations. It is about who will hold and wield the dual power of authority and control over each of us as individuals and over all of us together as a community...
"The competition is all-out because, now that it has started, there is no way it can be reversed or called off. No holds barred because, once the competition has been decided, the world and all that's in it - our way of life as individuals and as citizens of the nations; our families and our jobs; our trade and commerce and money; our educational systems and our religious and our cultures; even the badges of our national identity, which most of us have always taken for granted - all will have been powerfully and radically altered forever. No one can be exempted from its effects. No sector of our lives will remain untouched.
"The competition began and continues as a three-way affair because that is the number of rivals with sufficient resources to establish and maintain a new world order....Ten years before this competition became manifest to the world at large, the man who was destined to become the first, the most unexpected and, for some at least, the most unwelcome competitor of all in this end game spoke openly about what he saw down this road even then.
"Toward the end of an extended visit to America in 1976, an obscure Polish archbishop from Krakow by the name of Karol Wojtyla stood before an audience in New York City and made one of the most prophetic speeches ever given. "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through," he said, "...a test of two thousand years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights and the rights of nation." But he chided his listeners on that September day, "..wide circles of American society and wide circles of Christian community do not realize this fully..."
"Perhaps the world was still too immersed in the old system of nation states, and in all the old international balance-of-power arrangements, to hear what Wojtyla was saying. Or perhaps Wojtyla himself was reckoned as no more than an isolated figure hailing from an isolated country that has long since been pointedly written out of the global power equation....Whatever the reason, it would seem that no one who heard or later read what Karol Wojtyla said that day had any idea that he was pointing to a competition he already saw on the horizon: a competition between the world's only three internationally based power structures for truly global hegemony."
Back in 1992, one U.S. news magazine reported on a rather unusual work of art for the Pontiff:
Artist Presents World Symbol to Pope In Rome
"John Paul II has the world in his hand in the symbol for the seal of the New World Order which was officially presented at the Vatican on May 27, 1992. With him in the symbol are George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev.
"In September 1991 the NRI Trumpet printed part of the July interview with the symbol's artist. He told NRI that the official unveiling of the symbol would take place in Rome between September and December of 1991, unless "some variables occurred to delay the presentation...." In the July interview the artist only spoke in general terms about the symbol for the seal of the New World Order which he had been commissioned to design.
"However, in a June 17, 1992, telephone interview with the seal's artist Richard Barile, a black coral jewelry designer, he told Kathleen Hayes that the official unveiling of the symbol had occurred at the Vatican on May 27, 1992. When Hayes spoke with him on June 17th, Barile had just returned from Rome.
"I made the presentation to the Pope in person. I talked with him, held his hand and kissed his ring," said Barile who has an exclusive jewelry shop in the Grand Cayman Islands. He also said that many cardinals were present for the unveiling, but George Bush and Mikhail Gorbechev who were originally scheduled to be present, were not.
"Barile claims that soon after he presented the sculptured piece to Pope John Paul II, "The Pope announced over the loudspeaker in St. Peter's Square four times in such a loud domineering voice that it rang out through the city, Cayman Islands is here with the World at Peace, the pope bellowed."
"The symbol which is eighteen inches in height and width, features stand-up figures of Pope John Paul II, George Bush and Mikhail Gorbechev. "The pope was sculpted in his full costume in gold with the world in his right hand which is raised high, and it was presented as all the powers of the world at peace with God," said Barile, "That's how it was presented, and that is the way they accepted it." Barile said the pope's cape was in gold with yellow sapphires. He is holding the staff with the crucifix in his left hand and the world in his other. Barile was asked why the pope is depicted that way, "Because the world is in his hands," he said.
"Each man's image is made from black coral, a very rare species that only grows along the equator throughout the world, "all the accessories like the face, feet, hands, and the buttons on the jackets are in gold. It was quite impressive," said Barile.
"The first media exposure of the piece was the next day, May 28, 1992, on the Pope's Telepace, his own television station which features Vatican news two hours twice daily. The Vatican's Telepace opened the show with the symbol. Barile said the Vatican intends to open each day on Telepace with a close-up of the piece. It will remain at the Vatican until the end of history "as we Christians know history," said Barile. Barile said each of the men in the symbol is set on a separate black coral piece then on a marble piece....
"Last year Barile told NRI that the piece he was working on was the symbol for the seal and that it would represent a global political seal."
There are more than 1.1 billion Catholics around the world. The Catholic Church has thousands of years steeped in tradition and one of those was outlined in the Allentown-Morning Call dated February 11, 1939, which carried these headlines: Pope Pius XI on His Death Bed. This front page story shows Pope Pius XI on his dead bed in Vatican City. The Holy Father died at the age of 81. The story was titled: 3 Caskets Are Ordered To House Pope's Body.
"Vatican City, Feb. 10 (AP)--Vatican workmen were ordered today to make ready three caskets in which the body of Pope Pius XI will be buried in the grottoes of St. Peters.
"The Pontiff's body will be placed in them in an elaborate funeral service, observing traditions centuries old. The inner one, in which the body will lie, is to be of cypress wood lined with red satin, having a cross of walnut on the cover. It will be placed inside a second of lead, a quarter of an inch thick and weighing nearly 900 pounds. Both caskets will be placed inside the third, made of polished elm. It's cover will be surmounted by a cross, but will have beside that a skull and cross bones and an inscription and coat of arms."
Catholics around the world now begin to mourn and await the gathering of the cardinals who will travel to Rome to elect the next head of the Church to spread the word of peace and hope throughout the world. The 117 cardinals will all meet for the conclave in Vatican City and are expected to begin the process of putting God's next representative as head of the Church within the next three weeks.
President Bush called Pope John Paul II a "champion of human dignity" and is expected to attend the funeral along with heads of state from around the world.
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Catholics around the world now begin to mourn and await the gathering of the cardinals who will travel to Rome to elect the next head of the Church to spread the world of peace and hope throughout the world...