- Historical event:
- 2 April 2005
- The last words of the beloved pope and saint were spoken in Polish and apparently went as follows: "Pozwólcie mi odejść do domu Ojca" (Let me go to the house of the Father).
On this day, in the year 2005 at 21:37, Pope Saint John Paul II died in his private apartment in the Vatican. The cause of death was heart failure from profound hypotension and complete circulatory collapse from septic shock. Sepsis was, in turn, caused by an earlier urinary infection.
The Pope’s last words were spoken in Polish and apparently went as follows: “Pozwólcie mi odejść do domu Ojca” (Let me go to the house of the Father).
A few days earlier, the Pope received the Anointing of the Sick from his Polish friend and secretary Stanisław Dziwiszlast (today Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow). While the pope was dying, tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
The Pope left a written will, in which he explicitly asked not to be buried in sarcophagus, but simply in the ground. His wish was fulfilled and he was buried beneath St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Pope’s funeral was the largest gathering of heads of state in history (surpassing the previous funerals of Tito and Churchill). John Paul II was beatified on 1 May 2011.
His coffin was lifted and placed in one of the altars of the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, so that believers could pay their respect more easily.