Pope Joan Paul -- who died 33 days after his election -- has been buried in Saint Peter's Basilica.
Pope Joan Paul -- who died 33 days after his election -- has been buried in Saint Peter's Basilica. Veneration by the hundreds of thousands of mourners who poured into Rome for his funeral continued on Thursday (5 October).
SYNOPSIS: His tomb is close to what is now believed to be the final rx2esting place of Saint Peter, the first Pope. Pope John Paul's death so soon after his election has resurrected a whole series of problems for theologians.
Reports from the Vatican say that despite some fears that Pope John Paul's death was a signal from God, this was not the way that the Catholic church believed God worked. One senior theologian said there was a lot of loose talk about the Holy Spirit guiding the cardinals in their choice of Pope John paul. The church, he said, maintained that the death of Pope John Paul merely underlined the way in which tragedy could strike at any level.
The Vatican spokesman was quoted as saying the pope's death was good in the sense that it showed that even the Papacy was not immune from the sort of tragedy that hits families and nations. Others believe that the sudden impact of the colossal burden of the Papacy killed John Paul. Now the world awaits a new Pope.