Pope John Paul II’s is the head of a Church that counts a billion members worldwide. His deteriorating health has been a matter of concern for the faithful for many years. “I’ll pray for him,” said one Roman. “I want to join with him in the love he has for humanity, because the Pope has changed the world”. A Polish visitor to the Italian capital said she wanted him to get better soon because she said, “We all love him”.
The Pontiff has visited Mexico five times, building a special relationship with the country’s Catholics. At Mexico City cathedral news of his illness brought the faithful to prayer: “We’re really sad for him,” one man said. “He gave us a lots of energy and life when he came to Mexico.” The Catholic Church is a vibrant and growing force in the developing world. Nearly 65 per cent of the world’s Catholics live in Africa, Asia and Latin America.