Photographer's Note

When Pope John Paul I died in 1978, my godmother said it was such a sad day that even the stones wept in sorrow. I partially understood her, but only yesterday did I fully understood her statment from 26 years ago.
I lit a candle and said a small prayer for the healing of the world and its sorrows; and then I felt truly in communion with all the peace lovers who have lost a great ally. Although a Catholic I did not always aggree with Him however, His words "Fear Not" have inspired me often.

John Paul, the Great, was devotated to Our Lady of Fatima and visited the Fatima shrine 2 times the second time for the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The Holy Father believed that only through the Divine Grace of Our Lady of Fatima was he able to survive his assassination attempt.

From time magazine "John Paul II was also extraordinary in his embrace of a mystic spirituality centered on the cult of the Virgin Mary. He was known to have prostrated himself for hours at a time before statues of the Virgin, and believed she interceded to save him from an assassin's bullet fired on the anniversary of the appearance of Mary in apparition at Fatima. Once recovered from his wound, he made a pilgrimage to Fatima to give thanks, and the assassin's bullet is now welded into the crown of the statue of the Virgin at Fatima."

When I was in Fatima I was struck by this statue which is near the coppula of the cathedral. To me the angel seems to simultanuously weep, pray and adore.

I am fully aware it is not a good photo, in fact it has many faults but it was the first photo that I thought when I tried to find one to express my saddness.

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