Today Show: Pope Benedict Last Day As Pope
At 11 p.m. Pope Benedict will be making his journey to the Vatican summer home in Castel Gandolfo, where he will be spending the next few months waiting for his permanent residence to be remodeled. But even as he steps down today, many are still talking about the Pope who preceded him, Pope John Paul II.
As the Today Show put it, “Catholics love their Popes.” And it is evident in the little shops around the Vatican that they loved Pope John Paul the most. Almost eight years after Pope John Paul passed away, people are still talking about his legacy.
Today Show: Life and Legacy Of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul was born in Poland where he loved to ski and studied theatre while in school. His theatre training helped him become a rock star of sorts when it comes to Popes. He electrified his fans when he was around, with thousands crowding each other just to catch a glimpse of him. He used his power as Pope to fight for human rights in the world and he showed the world how to be compassionate when he personally forgave the man who tried to assassinate him.
But his 26 years as Pope were marred by molestation charges against priests around the world. Some questioned whether he acted too late on the charges, while others questioned his stances on other topics, such as women becoming ordained.
As much as people may be undecided in their thoughts about Pope John Paul, millions of people showed up to his funeral. Pope Benedict has even bypassed some rules to help Pope John Paul become canonized quicker. Before he can be canonized though, the Cardinals must find a miracle he performed, which doesn’t seem too hard to do since many people are saying he could be canonized as early as this year.