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John Paul IIA tribute to Pope John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II touched lives throughout the world, Catholic and non-Catholics alike. His 26-year papacy changed history, inspired the faithful and stirred controversy. Share your thoughts on the passing of the 84-year-old pontiff.

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[Posted on April 8, 2005 at 8:26 am HST]
To Pope John Paul II, May you rest in peace. Your work is done on this place and gone to a better place. What you have done here has been outstanding and we the people know you have done a wonderful job. Love and Aloha, Ed

[Posted on April 8, 2005 at 7:20 am HST]
Aloha, We have lost a wonderful man, a man of peace and a mentor of faith for so many that were still confused in what to believe. Now we should all unite and be strong. God is among us, every day, everywhere.
Malia Schlesser
Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA

[Posted on April 8, 2005 at 7:20 am HST]
may god keep safe up in heaven

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 11:23 pm HST]
The Pope was a man who believed in Faith and Peace, and effectively demonstrated his belief with frequent visits to countries in dire need. He deserves to be honored by Catholic and non-Catholic alike, for he was not only a person who demonstrated religious hope, but he was a man who demonstrated a will to live.

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 3:22 pm HST]
Eventhough I am not a Catholic,I believe that the Pope did great things that touched everyone's life, including mine. May he rest in peace. The Pope is now in heaven, rejoicing with our Father Jesus Christ. God bless everyone!!! Aloha Pope John Paul II!!!
Waipahu, HI

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 2:26 pm HST]
I knew little of this great servant of God who has been called Home to Heaven with His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Yet, I will NEVER forget for the rest of my life, every day, every time I see, hear, think, meet, embrace, and remember another human being, that Pope John Paul II PRAYED for EVERY person he met. May the world put aside their differences for a day and remember what they have learned from this great man. May we NEVER forget how to love. May we NEVER forget how to forgive and to be forgiven. May we NEVER forget how much Jesus Christ LOVES us. May we be a continuum of the light that Pope John Paul II left behind. Maybe one day we shall see world peace. God Bless You Pope John Paul II. May the grace of God be upon you now and forevermore.
Moana Markell-Molale
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 1:43 pm HST]
Pontiff was a person who profoundly expressed the true meaning of unconditional love. He was a faithful servant to our heavenly father. The Pontiff was a human bridge that touched so many lives and will never be forgotten. Tanaka Family Aiea
Faith Tanaka

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 1:08 pm HST]
Our dear Papa has gone to his rest! He truly walked in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ, loving everyone, believers and non-believers alike. The greatest tribute we can give our dear Papa is to follow the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ, by caring for one another, being kind and honest to all. We will love Pope John Paul II always and in all ways.
The Souza Ohana
Kaneohe, Hawaii

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 12:37 pm HST]
Pope John Paul 11 was a great and noble leader. Though i have never met Pope John Paul 11 i now he has touched the lives of many people of many races and culture, young and old, and to see people come together for Pope John Paul 11 in my and many other comunities it just shows how much we care

[Posted on April 7, 2005 at 7:35 am HST]
My life through the Catholic faith could not be completed without mention of Pope John Paul II.It was during his pontificate that my renewed faith blossomed. And although the two of us never met, I feel a closeness and kinship to this man that I do not feel I could duplicate with any leader, spiritual or otherwise. All I can say or do for now, in my poor powers of expression, is to pray his soul is now at rest and enjoying the well deserved Peace of God that is his due. Mahalo Nui Loa, John Paul.
Kevin Snook
Jacksonville, FL

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 9:44 pm HST]
Thank you for your time with us and may you rest in peace..Aloha Pope John Paul II
Silk Family
Honolulu, HI

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 7:36 pm HST]
I was so fortunate to see the Vatican City 15 years ago strolling along St Peter Square,having quiet moments at the Basilica and Sistine Chapel and saw the window that the Pope used to greet tourists like me.I will truly missed the Greatest Pope on earth for his unconditional Love to all people. He will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. May God guide the next Pope to continue the legacy you have left for the sake of humanity. May the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you as you enter the Kingdom of God
Dinah M. Lazaro
Waipahu, HI

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 6:37 pm HST]
As a fellow Catholic, I feel as if a part of me is gone. I never saw the Pope in-person, but as the leader of our FAITH, we were link together by GOD. He will be greatly missed here on earth, but now our beloved Pontiff is at HOME with our LORD. GOD BLESS US ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!! Your friend in CHRIST, A Soldier serving in Iraq.
Fauthful follower of Christ

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 10:39 am HST]
Although we have not met nor seen him in person, Pope John Paul II was instrumental in bringing my wife and I back to the Catholic Church four years ago, after a 30-year absence. The year 2000 was declared by him as the Jubilee Year, a 'time for harvest and renewal' as he called it. That was the year we first set foot in the Catholic Church again and it was a most joyous and humbling experience! Although we were both born and raised Catholics, we drifted away like lost sheep. Pope John Paul was God's apppointed shepherd who brought us back, lovingly and patiently. As far as we're concerned, he is one of the few living saints, the likes of Mother Teresa, who served as God's Light in this uncertain and troubled world. We found our refuge back in God's fold, and we are forever grateful!
Venny Villapando
Kalihi Valley

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 10:04 am HST]
He was ahead of our "time". He was very, very perceptive. He sized the moment of the world on a grand scale, and he promoted respect for human life unprecedented in human history with "the subtle force" of his Papacy. Audacious, Bold, and above all Loving! History will know him as The Great John Paul II.
Henry Cho
Honolulu, HI

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 8:15 am HST]
I feel so blessed to have been in the presence of Pope John Paul II; once in his audience at St. Peter's Square with my daughter Linda, in 1979 and again in San Francisco in the late 1980's. I cherish those two very special moments. It was truly a gift to have seen him and to have been that close to such a sacred and loving man who is loved and respected by the world. As a child and growing up in the Catholic faith, I always dreamed of visiting the Vatican and Rome. I thank God for the gracious honor. Pope John Paul will be in our hearts forever. May He rest in peace. Ellie & Ohana Kaneohe, Hawaii
Kaneohe, Hawaii

[Posted on April 6, 2005 at 5:36 am HST]
I've been to the Vatican, but did not have a chance to be in an audience with the Holy Father. When one gazes into his eyes, one can truly see the love and forgiveness our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit welcome him with open arms. Aloha Holy Father
Robert Reed

[Posted on April 5, 2005 at 7:19 pm HST]
i just wanted to say that im really sad bout his death...but i just tell myself that he is in a better place now and he is home wid jesus crist himself.
san jose , california

[Posted on April 5, 2005 at 3:31 pm HST]
As we all mourn a great loss. We will remember a person who loved all. Who is a symbol of peace, love, kindness, and humanity. Now it is your turn to rest. Sleep well you holiness, we love you.
cerie Kamaunu
Kailua HI

[Posted on April 5, 2005 at 11:41 am HST]
Your Holiness, thank you for being the faith and light of our World. You are truely GOD sent.
Shirley Ann Yamaguchi
Kaneohe, Hawaii

[Posted on April 5, 2005 at 10:36 am HST]
I saw the Pope on both times he visited the Philippines -- the first was in 1981 when he celebrated Mass at the National Shrine of our Lady of Perpetual Help (Baclaran) where I was a choir member, and in 1995 for the celebration of World Youth Day. I was stationed with our Navy in the Philippines during both times, first in Subic Bay, and, later at our Embassy in Manila. He united the whole country during those visits in a way that has never been accomplished before or since by anyone, and I feel blessed to have witnessed both occasions! The world will certainly miss this great man who came from humble beginnings to lead the largest and oldest religion in the world with even greater humility and a sincere quest for peace and unity among all! He is home, at last!!!
Antonio "Tony" M. Ligaya
Mlilani, HI

[Posted on April 5, 2005 at 8:28 am HST]
Dear Pope John Paul II, I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, However you've touched my heart so deeply with uncoditonal love & compassion for all of us in the world.I've listened to your words of hope for all of us,I hope & pray that our World heard your messages and do what you wanted us to do for a very long time, which is unite as 1 big happy nation with no violence,no wars,Just undying love for one another,for our Heavenly Father, and most of all for Pope John Paul II. Remember his words he saught us out,and then we came and for that he thanked us,however we shoud be thanking him for getting us through the most difficult times in our lives he taught us how to be faithful,forgive, but most of all to love ourselves,and don't be afraid of going home.
your loyal

[Posted on April 5, 2005 at 7:48 am HST]
I was stationed in Japan and working as a Navy Journalist with Pacific Stars and Stripes when Pope John Paul II visited. I was one of the fortunate that was assigned to cover the Pope during his visit and we would work all night to have the stories ready for the next morning. I remember being in the cold and seeing the Japanese climb into the trees surrounding the area the Pope was visiting and calling out "John Paul II, We Love You." It was a time in my life I will never forget and, although I am not Catholic, I, like others, mourn his passing. Countries have Presidents, Emperors and Kings, but the world has only one Pope. I have covered the arrival of Heads of States and ranking military officials, but covering the Pope's visit to Japan will always stay with me.
James Messner
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on April 4, 2005 at 10:40 pm HST]
Dear Papa, I too join my brothers and sisters in grieving the loss of one who has touched my heart and my life. I lift praises of thankgsgiving to Almighty God for the gift of your life. I didn't agree with you all the time but I recognize you as a servant of God Almighty who has done well for all my brothers and sisters of this world, whether they be Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Protestant, etc. You have been the champion of all in need. I am a Methodist. I am a Christian. I am human. I am because the Creator made it so. I mourn your passing from this realm. Thank you.
R N Mansfield

[Posted on April 4, 2005 at 8:19 pm HST]
Source, where are you Source? I have been swimming upstream for many years now in search of you, Source. Ah, there you are!
the Lenzi Family
Aina Haina

[Posted on April 4, 2005 at 5:04 pm HST]
Our father Pope John Paul, you have touched soo many lives,hearts and souls. We will truly miss your spiritual presence, your powerfull messages and unconditional love. May you be in peace with our Almighty heavenly father. We love you and God Bless.
cheryl d gungap

[Posted on April 4, 2005 at 3:26 pm HST]
You are the angel of the world and will be missed dearly. Thank you for all your blessings while you where with us. God Bless...
Pagaduan Ohana
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on April 4, 2005 at 11:38 am HST]
Papa, thank you for all the good things that you have done. Papa you have change many people's lives and had created a very big difference into it. I love you papa. We will miss you. God Bless You.
Melanie Y. Agena
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on April 4, 2005 at 11:11 am HST]
It was clear that you were chosen by our Almighty God to become the Pope of the Catholic Church. And in the course of your reign as Pope John Paul II, you lead us as Catholics to follow the path of Jesus. You have touched the hearts of the babies, the young, the powerful and the ordinary men and women, the sick and the healthy, the physically handicapped citizens, the poor, the rich, with your gentle, loving and heavenly hugs. You reached out to the rest of the world preaching peace. You did not have the greatest army in the world but we saw the transformation of countries with your efforts and determination to spread peace in the whole wide world. You touched the hearts of all people with different religions. Now the whole wide world is in mourning yet very thankful. God Bless You. Peace.
Benedicto P. Guira, Jr.
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.