They stood half a million strong in St. Peter's Square and chanted "Magnus, Magnus, Magnus." Translation: "Great, Great, Great." They were calling for our dearly departed John Paul II to be named "The Great." Only two previous Popes have been given that title; Leo the Great (d. 461), and Gregory the Great (d. 604). There hasn't been another one in 1400 years.
The title "Great" is not given by the Church. It is not given by the College of Cardinals. It is given by the people, by public acclamation and popular use. It is given by you and me.
Most of us will never have the opportunity to make our wishes on this known. But now you can...
I now direct you to where your voice can be heard. Go to www.c-fam.org/cgi-bin/jpthegreat.pl and sign the petition calling for John Paul II to be universally acclaimed John Paul the Great.
Your name, along with millions of others, will be delivered directly to office of our new Pope Benedict XVI. The names will also be delivered to the Vatican press corps, the press in the United States and around the world.
Let your voice be heard: "Great, Great, Great, John Paul the Great"
Go to www.c-fam.org/cgi-bin/jpthegreat.pl right now and sign the petition.
And, this is very important, right now send this note to your family and friends. Send this around the world. Let this take on a life of its own.
Let millions sign!
PS Our non-Catholic brothers and sisters are warmly invited to sign the petition, too. Whether you are Evangelical, Mormon, Muslim, Jewish, all are welcome. Just as in John Paul's life and work, all are welcome.
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Brand New - The Achievement of Pope John Paul II -
In a remarkable speech given in January of 2005, internationally known scholar and writer - and friend of Pope John Paul II - George Weigel eloquently lists and elaborates upon 10 enduring accomplishments of Pope John Paul "the Great."
CD - $8.00 DVD - $20.00
Peter, the Pope and Infallibility
As we as a Catholic community honor the memory of Pope John Paul II and celebrate the election of Pope Benedict XVI, there are questions raised by Catholics and Non- Catholics about the Papacy and its institution. Peter, the Pope and Infallibility by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio will help answer many of the questions that people may ask during this time of transition. This CD (or AT) is 45 minutes in length and was recorded during Dr. D’Ambrosio's 2005 pilgrimage to Rome.
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