Vigils for Pope held

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MANILA, 7 April 2005 – Through talks, sharings, songs and dances, Filipino Youth rejuvenated their happy memories with the Pope during the 1995 World Youth Day, in a vigil held yesterday at the UST football ground. The activities started around 5 p.m., was mostly graced by the WYD ’95 delegates, youth from different dioceses in the Philippines and the participants of the upcoming WYD in Germany. They also lighted candles and offered prayers for the Pope and ended with a Holy Mass.

The celebration of the World Youth Day in Manila 1995 was the biggest that the Pope had attended. Some 4.5 million people came for the WYD closing Mass at the RizalPark. Meanwhile, hundreds of Catholics attended the requiem mass that was held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao yesterday afternoon.

Many parishioners wrote their farewell message to the Pope in a book of condolences and hoping that it could reach the Vatican. For them, they consider Pope John Paul II as a strong and effective instrument of righteousness. Their only prayer is guidance for the conclave of the cardinals in Vatican in choosing the next Pope.

On April 5, a video documentary about the life of the late Pope John Paul II was shown in Edsa Shrine as pilgrims trooped together for a vigil to pay tribute that also led them to know the real path that the pope had gone through. The vestment used by the pope during his visit to the Philippines for the World youth Day 1995 was also displayed for the public to see it up-close. (RQL)