POPE John Paul II died at the Vatican at 9.37pm on Saturday (3.37am Sunday Malaysian time) aged 84. It was the passing on of a man of love, peace and humility, a true servant of God and of the people spanning the globe, of whatever faith it matters not. I pray his legacy as a leader of the human flock, especially the one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, will treasure his many messages of love of man and humanity across all national boundaries and political spectrums and spread them far and wide.
"I have looked for you. Now you have come to me, and I thank you."
The NST page 1 today reported that the message was probably directed at the many young people among the worshippers in St Peter's Square, according to the late Pope's aides.
"I am happy and you should be happy too. Do not weep." The second message was for all peace-loving peoples throughout the world who mourn, yet beseeched not to be sorrowful, the demise of a God's Servant who had served the cause of humankind in all faithfulness and now gone to be at his Father's side.
I am sure all Malaysians join our beloved Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his view when he said Malaysia deeply admired the Pope's tireless campaign for world peace, justice and human dignity which would remain an enduring legacy in the minds of all people regardless of faith or religious belief.
Pak Lah in his condolence message said: "His (Pope John Paul II's) message of religious tolerance, dialogue and reconciliation has contributed significantly in rpomoting better understanding between Christians and believers of other religions, including Islam." AMEN.