John Paul II has passed Just across the wire--Pope John Paul II has finally passed away. As a semi-Catholic and someone who was raised as a member of the Church, I feel that while this is indeed a loss, this man has fought long and hard to continue his ministry and is now enjoying a well-deserved rest. I hope he finds peace and comfort with God. EDIT: Nevermind, apparently someone at an Italian News service has a sense of humor. He's apparently still kicking. This man is a fighter.