Originally posted by marg6043
I was wondering, because the pope is not embalmed, I wonder if the body in the viewing for the public is actually a wax image and not the real
Just a thought.
I doubt it, since we saw him up to a week or so before his death, it doesn't give them much time to prepare an accurate "dummy" corpse.
bordnlazy, you're right, He is looking a little bit green, my guess would be the heat, combined with the changing levels of moisture in the room, are
probably speeding the process of decomposition. Wait until Friday, that'll be the day we notice the biggest difference in coloring.
Since a doctor had to sign the death certificate, and give a cause of death, It's safe to say the didn't leave him un-embalmed just to prove that
the embalming didn't kill him... it's not a procedure that you can easily hide from someone, without extensive makeup or a clothing article covering
the incision site.
NetChicken, thanks for the link, it was quite an interesting read. I always take everything from Fortean Times with a grain of salt (like I take
everything I read anywhere, really), but it was an interesting article nonetheless.
It'll be terribly interesting to see if they decide to exhume the body down the line- it'll be at least 5 years before we saw that, since thats the
required amount of time that has to pass before one can become a candidate for canonization.
There is still the possibility that this was JP II's own decision, although I would think we would have heard about that now, since we're already
hearing about the changes he made to the Conclave process, such as adding the bells along with the white smoke, so that it will be quite evident for
the public, and especially the media, when a new Pontiff is elected.
[edit on 6-4-2005 by Bobbo]