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21. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

Quoting samsara2

MassageUK - are you capable of ever saying anything positive

yes - I like travelling, spicy food, thai culture, nature, hot climate, humour, beer. And I love my gf.

There is a slight suspicion from your profile that you like massages as well

22. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

probably the only good thing about the JPII is that he was against the Gulf Wars

23. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The Vatican announced that the Pontiff died at 9:37pm on Saturday April 2, 2005.

Pope John Paul II, who was known as Karol Jozef Wojtyla until his election to the papacy, was born in Poland in 1920. In 1978, he became Pope and adopted the name John Paul II. He was the Catholic Church's first non-Italian pontiff in over 450 years and history's first Slavic pope.

Travelling widely since his Pontificate, Pope John Paul gave general audiences to more than 16 million pilgrims. His travels earned him the nickname the 'globetrotting pope'. He spoke eight different languages, learning Spanish after becoming Pope.

Pope John Paul II was shot May 13, 1981 at Saint Peter's square by a Turkish extremist, Mehmet Ali Agca. In 1983, the Pope met with his would-be assassin in Rome's Rebibbia prison to forgive him.

24. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

He spoke eight different languages, learning Spanish after becoming Pope.

some less accurate journalist wrote yestarday that pope spoke 18 languages. That's how the legents are created.

25. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

Quoting Wocca

He spoke eight different languages, learning Spanish after becoming Pope.

some less accurate journalist wrote yestarday that pope spoke 18 languages. That's how the legents are created.

Are you sure that just wasn't a typing error by the journalist. We're all guilty of them aren't we Massage....yes....aren't we

26. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

More about John Paul II: Spoke eight languages rather fluently: Polish, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

27. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

It's always a great loss when a figure of such importance dies. They were saying earlier today on the news that he has probably touched or met more people in his life than anyone ever before him due to his trips overseas. In Mexico alone there were 10 million people lining the streets when he visited. I remember him also visiting the Solomon Islands when I was a kid.... and not many people take the time out to visit there!

Sam

28. Posted by Bruce85 (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

It's always a great loss when a figure of such importance dies. They were saying earlier today on the news that he has probably touched or met more people in his life than anyone ever before him due to his trips overseas.

I was in Rome in 2001, and I saw him together with more than 20.000 young peoble from all over the world! After his first words to the crowd the noise was so loud that you couldn't understand your own word anymore! It was amazing to see what this small old man could do to people! The feelings in this situation are impossible to describe! I'm sad that he died, but I hope he has peace now!

29. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

as all previous (and future popes) he was against abortion, use of condom, contraception and sexual education (contributing to spread of aids and sexually transmitted deseases as well as overpopulation in some third world catholic majority countries), homosexuality etc

Funny thing is in society, the more sex education that is provided, the more condoms that are needed, the more unwanted pregnancies there are, and the more abortions take place.

Perhaps the old fella was actually onto something...

30. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

It's always a great loss when a figure of such importance dies. They were saying earlier today on the news that he has probably touched or met more people in his life than anyone ever before him due to his trips overseas. In Mexico alone there were 10 million people lining the streets when he visited. I remember him also visiting the Solomon Islands when I was a kid.... and not many people take the time out to visit there! Sam

I recall his visit to Brisbane, Australia in 1987. Most of the people in my office were Catholic, so everyone stopped work to watch the Pope's live televised parade through the city.