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Local Memorial Service, Mass Held To Remember Pope

Posted April 4, 2005 4:46 a.m. EDT

— A Mass and memorial service for the late

Pope John Paul II

was held on behalf of the

Diocese of Raleigh

Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

More than 20 priests from churches across the Triangle came to help Bishop Joseph Gossman remember Pope John Paul II.

"It will take us all time to get used to the idea that we will not see him again in this world," Gossman said.

Gossman told the packed church that Pope John Paul II is still leading his flock. Gossman read the pope's own words about growing old.

"It is wonderful to be able to give one's self to the very end," he said.

The message of hope was appreciated by the hundreds who came to pay their respects.

"The pope has been like a father to me and a grandfather to the children. He's really real in our family, so it's the death of a loved one," said Mary Dudas.

"I wanted to recognize and honor the pope for all he's given up for us and what he's done for the world, really," said Phillip Watkins.

Bishop Gossman has declared Friday a day of mourning for Catholic churches, and schools. The diocese advises the public to check with local church offices for other services in the pope's memory.