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Pope John Paul II.

The Pope has apparently passed away, but there is no official word just yet.

Wizbang blog notes:

As Vatican watchers will tell you there is a protocol for announcing (or rather signaling) the death of a pope. It doesn't involve The Drudge Report or the Kentucky Lake Times...

Indeed, Pope John Paul would be the first Pope to die in the internet age, or, for that matter, in the 24/7 cable news age. What was once a lengthy ceremonial process now leaks out to the entire world within nanoseconds.

PoliPundit notes:

With heroic assistance from Ronald Reagan and Lech Walesa, John Paul II arguably did more for the causes of freedom and democracy, especially in Eastern Europe, than any public figure in our respective lifetimes.

Michelle Malkin is following the story closely.

Let's hope the reports of the Pope's death are not some kind of April Fool's joke.


The Jawa Report explains that there was a mistranslation of the word "dying." Someone incorrectly interpreted it as "died."
Hyscience has more.


Dean's World has this incisive commentary:

There are about 6 billion people in the world.

About 1 billion are Catholic and view this man as their spiritual leader on Earth. Think of it: about 1 in 6 people in the world.

Posted by Will Franklin · 1 April 2005 01:46 PM


How do they decide on a new Pope? I really liked this Pope! Pope John Paul,Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher were instrumental in bringing down the wall... This is sure to be the end of a great era, with his passing!
God bless you Pope! The world is truly a better place because you were in it!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 1, 2005 03:10 PM

My elaborate post on the Pope is here. I originally posted it when CNN and Fox declared him dead, but when they said he had not yet gone, I updated it to show that fact, and will update it again when he finally goes Home to be with Christ.

Posted by: Don Singleton at April 2, 2005 12:22 PM