Hail MaryHail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessèd art thou amongst women,
And blessèd are the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Kinh Kính MừngKính mừng Maria đầy ơn phúc,
Đức Chúa Trời ở cùng Bà,
Bà có phúc lạ hơn mọi người nữ,
Và Giê-su Con lòng Bà gồm phúc lạ.
Thánh Maria Đức Mẹ Chúa Trời,
Cầu cho chúng tôi là kẻ có tội,
Khi nay và giờ lâm tử.
Pope John Paul II, may he rest in peace, had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, just as the Vietnamese Catholics do. My mother recalls that, when the Pope visited the United States some time ago, he also visited a congregation of Vietnamese-Americans in Denver. Standing at a podium, he read a message in Vietnamese that commended them for their strong devotion to Mary, which the Pope has always promoted.
I didn’t have any first-hand experiences with the Pope, and most of you probably haven’t either, unless perhaps you’ve gone to World Youth Day. But I’d really like to know what all of you think about him, positive or negative.
Maybe to start the conversation going: I’m disappointed that the media is viewing the Papacy in such a secular, political light. Archbishop Pilarczyk apparently felt the same way during his press conference this afternoon. While the Vatican always has been involved in some amount of politics, I think it’s more appropriate to emphasize the spiritual significance of the Pope’s death, as opposed to the political significance.
That’s why, for example, the Papabili don’t always get the Papacy.