The Next Pope "From the glory of the olive"

This blogger lays it out thus:

“The next pope is de gloria olivae (“from the glory of the olive”). You can view the odds on who this might be. Symbolically, the olive could be a reference to any (or none) of the following:

the Jewish race (for which the olive branch is an ancient symbol)
Jesus’ prophecy on the Mount of Olives
Dark skin
Italy, Greece and/or Spain”

Make John Paul a Saint Immediately!

Cries the crowd at his funeral (someday someone may read this and chalk it up to hagiography–but we have witnessed it ourselves!)

From Yahoo! News – Poor and Powerful Mourn Pope at Emotional Funeral:

“‘We can be sure that our beloved Pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us,’ Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told hundreds of thousands of people packed into a windswept St. Peter’s Square.

‘Santo subito’ (Make him a saint immediately), the crowds chanted in Italian, holding up the Mass for more than 5 minutes in an outpouring of emotion for a giant of the 20th century who ruled his Church for more than 26 years. “

Final Resting Place of Pope John Paul

Cardinal Ratzinger’s Homily

A Gospel that evolved in meaning over the pope’s life, from the Vatican Information Service:

“Follow me! Together with the command to feed his flock, Christ proclaimed to Peter that he would die a martyr’s death. With those words, which conclude and sum up the dialogue on love and on the mandate of the universal shepherd, the Lord recalls another dialogue, which took place during the Last Supper. There Jesus had said: ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied: ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow me afterward.’ (Jn 13:33,36). Jesus from the Supper went towards the Cross, went towards his resurrection – he entered into the paschal mystery; and Peter could not yet follow him. Now – after the resurrection – comes the time, comes this ‘afterward.’ By shepherding the flock of Christ, Peter enters into the paschal mystery, he goes towards the cross and the resurrection. The Lord says this in these words: ‘… when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go’ (Jn 21:18). In the first years of his pontificate, still young and full of energy, the Holy Father went to the very ends of the earth, guided by Christ. But afterwards, he increasingly entered into the communion of Christ’s sufferings; increasingly he understood the truth of the words: ‘Someone else will fasten a belt around you.’ And in this very communion with the suffering Lord, tirelessly and with renewed intensity, he proclaimed the Gospel, the mystery of that love which goes to the end (cf. Jn 13:1).

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