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                                                                                    April 2, 2005


Catholic University Honors the Life and Death of Pope John Paul II



The flags in front of McMahon Hall were lowered to half-mast. A poster of the pope was on view in the lobby of McMahon and in every other building on campus.


Graced with two pictures of the pope, the posters display the pope’s words, including his now-familiar “Be Not Afraid,” which he spoke at Vatican City on Oct. 22, 1978. One of the pictures shows the pope in earlier days, his right hand raised and his left grasping a staff with a crucifix on top. In the other photo, the pope, bowed by age, is kissing a baby on the head.  


At the bottom of the poster are the pope’s words of March 8, 2003: “My dear young people the Church looks to you with great confidence.”


When news of the pope’s death was announced, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament started at Caldwell Chapel. At 9 p.m. tonight, Campus Ministry will conduct prayers at the chapel. A university-wide candlelight prayer vigil will be held next week.  Special holy cards commemorating the pope’s death will be distributed at the vigil.


The university is preparing a video remembrance of the pope’s visit to campus on Oct. 6, 1979, that will be available online Monday, April 4. A collection of papal photos and articles from the University Archives will be on display at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, starting Monday. 










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