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East Texas Catholics Hold Vigil, Offer Prayer For The Pope

In East Texas, Catholic parishioners held vigil and sent out their prayers for the Pope.
Noon Mass at Saint Paul's Cathedral in Tyler included several special prayers for Pope John Paul II.
Early false reports of his death brought many parishioners to tears.
Those KLTV spoke to called the Pope a uniter and said he will be remembered for many things. Mostly, his ability to communicate with all different cultures of the world
"I think clearly as a man of God," said Father Joe Strickland with the Diocese of Tyler on how the Pope will be remembered. "As model disciple of Jesus Christ, and knowing his writings and everything I've heard the Holy Father say throughout, that's how he would want to be remembered."
"I feel like he's been so holy he's probably been interceding for everybody that's been sick and offering his sickness in the Lord Jesus," said parishioner Mary Wanless.
"The pope has done a lot for our youth," said Christina Randolph, "and for us and we are very grateful God has given him to us."

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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