POPE JOHN PAUL II
Pope John Paul II has died at 84. I saw him speak at the MCG during his Australian tour in 1986 (the Collingwood cheer squad made him a wonderful banner); Arthur Chrenkoff’s uncle has a much closer connection, as Arthur explains:
Some thirty years ago, [my uncle] and his friends from university set up the “Academic Choir Organum”. The future Pope, who was then the Archbishop of Krakow, loved being with young people and maintained special interest in cultivating the future intelligencia. It didn’t take much persuading to get him to become the choir’s patron. Three decades later, and Organum is still going strong and my uncle is now its chairman. It’s still an amateur outfit (in a sense that all its members have day jobs, some connected with music, some not - the uncle is an architect - and certainly not in a sense of their high professionalism) and some of its members are now in their early fifties, but it never ditched the “academic” tag. Over the years, as they toured around Europe they would drop by Vatican to see their former patron, and whenever John Paul would visit Poland they would see him, too, and sing for him, like in those good old days in the 1970s.Goodbye, nice old man.
UPDATE. InstaPundit has all your Pope link needs covered.