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Statement from St Michael’s World Apostolate
on Pope John Paul II's death

Saturday, April 2, 2005

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the peaceful passing today of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, on Easter Saturday in the Year of Our Lord 2005.

This giant of the faith for our times who Jesus addressed as “Our dear Holy Father” (June 17, 1989) and Our Lady described as a “holy Vicar” (March 18, 1983), was 84 years old and held the third longest pontificate in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

His deep, generous, and abiding love for Jesus and Mary and the Church Christ established upon earth, even in the face of unprecedented forces of darkness, was truly admirable and inspiring.

Indeed, as Our Lady stated, “He is a good man” (June 30, 1984) in which St. Michael added “who is willing to suffer all for the salvation of souls and the good of the Holy Church” (November 1, 1985). The Blessed Mother would often refer to the Pope as “Our son” (August 21, 1985) and “Our child” (June 18, 1983).

As Bayside devotees we have a very special kinship with John Paul II. We offered the Sunday Holy Hour for his intentions and, regularly, many prayers and sacrifices for his safety and protection because Heaven repeatedly warned us that he was targeted for assassination. We especially recall that Vigil when this Pope came to these sacred grounds in a vision to Veronica of the Cross, beseeching all: “My children of the world, pray for me” (September 14, 1985). In addition, it was our beloved seer who suffered enormously as a victim soul for John Paul II.

Even if at times we may have questioned some of the Pope’s actions (or inaction)–perhaps he could have done more for Our Lady’s cause at Bayside or for the full restoration of Holy Tradition in the Church–we must not forget that this courageous man was battling every day the “diabolical disorientation” right there in the Vatican (i.e. the Third Secret of Fatima).

On this first Saturday of the month we ask Our Blessed Mother, to Whom this pilgrim Pope consecrated his papacy, to take him on his final pilgrimage to Paradise.

And as we prepare to celebrate tomorrow the great feast of Divine Mercy, instituted by this pontiff, we ask the Eternal Father to extend that great gift of mercy to His loyal servant and to remember all his good deeds so that he may join the blessed in Heaven forever and ever.

May the soul of Pope John Paul II rest in peace. Amen.



The Virgin Mary appears in America

This beautiful story of grace, peace and redemption opened publicly on June 18, 1970 when the Mother of God visited Veronica Lueken on the grounds of the old St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Bayside, New York and later at the Vatican Pavilion site (blessed by Pope Paul VI) in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Beginning in 1968, St. Theresa the Little Flower prepared Veronica for these Heavenly apparitions.

For 25 years, the Virgin Mary and Her Divine Son would appear to this mother of five children during Rosary Vigils on these sacred grounds until her passing in 1995. Our Lady asked that this Shrine be called “Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers” and that a Sunday Holy Hour offered for the Pope and priests be held.

Over 300 comprehensive messages packed with wisdom and guidance for these latter days were transmitted through this seer named by Heaven, Veronica of the Cross.

Our Lady of the Roses Shrine is under the stewardship of the lay Order of St. Michael (est. 1977), a vibrant community of dedicated, celibate men who have been appointed by Heaven to lead this global mission. Our Lady has prophesied that this lay Order will bring forth the full-fledged religious Order of St. Michael, an order founded on tradition, which will also include a cloistered convent.

Our Lady has also stated that curative waters will erupt and a magnificent basilica will be erected at the original site of St. Robert’s.

The Vigils and Holy Hours continue to this day at the Vatican Pavilion inspired by Our Lord’s promise: “We have made Our home upon these grounds.” Cures and conversions abound and for countless pilgrims, faith and hope have been restored. We invite you to join us.

For a free rose petal blessed by Jesus and Mary with the power of cure and conversion, a Rosary Vigil calendar, and for more information, contact:

St Michael’s World Apostolate
P.O. Box 514 • Bayside, NY 11361
toll free orderline 1-888-830-SMWA