Tuesday, June 28, 2005

JP2 Bridges Gaps In America

Here's an article from The Hill published on April 12, 2005 testifies to John Paul's intercession immediately after his death.

Two miracles for John Paul II

By Albert Eisele and Jeff Dufour

Now that large numbers of Catholic clergy and laity are clamoring for sainthood to be bestowed on the late Pope John Paul II, the church will need to start verifying miracles he’s performed.Two of them involving members of Congress who attended the pope’s funeral can now be verified.First, the late pontiff can take credit for bringing together two of the most bitter antagonists in Congress, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Not only did the pair issue a joint statement while leading a delegation of House members to the pope’s funeral last week, praising the pontiff as “a saint, a hero and a friend of the American people,” but Pelosi actually presented DeLay with a cake for his 58th birthday on the plane on the way home.

Fourteen senators also attended the funeral.DeLay and Pelosi were pressed into service to lead the delegation after Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was hospitalized for kidney stones. That caused the 23 other members on the trip to wonder if “this could be prove to be an early test of John Paul’s miraculous powers,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), wrote in the Sunday New York Post.The fact that the two got along so well made the delegation realize “we were part of something that dwarfed us all,” wrote King, who was relegated, along with his colleagues, to a Holiday Inn 25 miles from Vatican City.

King was also involved in the other “miracle,” when he and Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” which was filmed at the Vatican immediately after the pope’s funeral.“Even the usually hyperkinetic Matthews was subdued,” King said.If the pope can bring bridge the differences between arch foes DeLay and Pelosi and keep Matthews from shouting, he really is ready for sainthood.


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