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Body of Pope John Paul II exhumed

Posted on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 | Comment icon 44 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The late Pope's body has been exhumed from the Basilica crypts ahead of his beatification on Sunday.

His coffin will be placed at the main altar of St Peter's Basilica and is expected to be left there after Sunday's mass until an expected 1 million visitors have been to view it, putting him firmly on the road to sainthood.

"Pope John Paul II's coffin was exhumed today ahead of his beatification as tens of thousands of people began arriving in Rome for one of the biggest events in the Catholic church since his funeral in 2005."

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Comment icon #35 Posted by Marcus Aurelius on 6 May, 2011, 0:32
I see that a lot of people do not understand the exhuming of his body, so I want to comment about it briefly. In both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church this is an ancient tradition. It goes back to the earliest days of the church. Firstly, it must be said that within Christianity in contrast to other religions, the body is viewed as sacred and holy. The PHYSICAL body will be redeemed. Most other religions state essentially that the body is merely a vehicle driven by the spirit or soul then discarded at death. A Christian does not believe this kind of theory, which draws... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by scepticalbeliever on 6 May, 2011, 14:46
Man has no power to make someone a saint or a sinner. Not all Christians believe the body contains remnants of "holiness." So If people are fooled by this nonsense that John Paul though a decent person in life, is a saint, they can go ahead and fool themselves into thinking it. I for one do not believe in these silly rituals and find them rather ridiculous though interesting and intriguing. How people can fool themselves and veer away from Biblical teachings. I find this to be utter nonsense.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Eldorado on 6 May, 2011, 15:25
Man has no power to make someone a saint or a sinner. Not all Christians believe the body contains remnants of "holiness." So If people are fooled by this nonsense that John Paul though a decent person in life, is a saint, they can go ahead and fool themselves into thinking it. I for one do not believe in these silly rituals and find them rather ridiculous though interesting and intriguing. How people can fool themselves and veer away from Biblical teachings. I find this to be utter nonsense. People love pomp and ceremony whether it's religious or not. They also love magic... "Holy" = magic. D... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Taut on 10 May, 2011, 15:06
The entrenchment in beliefs that serve no purpose and endless dogma never cease to amaze me. But, to each his own.
Comment icon #39 Posted by NavyDoc on 11 May, 2011, 18:45
I'm not questioning the honoring thing, I totally get that part... Just didn't understand the moving the corpse around thing. So it's a normal part of procedure that when someone is decided upon to be sainted, their body gets moved to a better spot? And blech to Veledran... Is it normal to chop up saints?? I mean, I understand if the bones end up getting spread around a bit, but that's after all the flesh is gone. Lack of decay is considered a sign of sainthood, so that is probably why he was put on display. He will likely be returned to his resting place with all of the previous popes when th... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by NavyDoc on 11 May, 2011, 18:50
Hmmmmm interesting. Pope Pius, who was fully aware of and agreed with Nazi atrocities, is being considered for sainthood, if in fact he hasn't already been sainted. And now Pope John Paul, who was fully aware of and stayed mum about how sexually abusive priests were to be handled, is being considered for sainthood. Oh, and did I forget to mention the interview with a particular cardinal who had the audacity to say, prior to Pope Benedict's election, "The Catholic Church is not ready to have a black pope". A cardinal from Nigeria was being considered. This particular cardinal is apparently not ... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by pixiii on 30 September, 2011, 0:46
My apologies, but remind me again why he's on his way to Sainthood? I don't know much about religion and I will be the first to tell you that, but I thought this old fellow did quite a few things during his time as Pope that would put him out of the running to be a "Saint"? Or perhaps I'm thinking of one of the other Pope's in history.
Comment icon #42 Posted by ItsaDollThang on 30 September, 2011, 4:23
I'm not Catholic and Pope John Paul II and I definitely wouldn't have agreed on some major issues. That being said his impact on this world was significant, particularly in the political arena. As popes go he was particularly beloved by his flock and even before his death there were people who claimed that touching his hand or asking him to pray for them cured them of some disease or another. There have been a lot of people saying as much now that he's gone, that's interceding for them, appearing to them, praying for them, and miracles have happened. (He was known incidentally to have performe... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Damian Bâthory on 27 November, 2011, 11:20
Do they really had to exume him to know he was a saint, even if i dont beleive in religion i know he was a fabulous man and that he deserved being a saint.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Karlis on 27 November, 2011, 12:10
Do they really had to exume him to know he was a saint, even if i dont beleive in religion i know he was a fabulous man and that he deserved being a saint. The pope was not exhumed so as "to know he was a saint".The reason his coffin was dug up and moved, was so that it could be viewed by the public -- an expected million people -- before being reburied in a more "honourable" location; "... a new crypt under an altar in a side chapel near Michelangelo's statue of the Pieta."


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