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Did John Paul II "Bless" The Paedo Oligarch Jeffrey Epstein?

A photo "showing" the pedophile oligarch Jeffrey Epstein and his lover Ghislaine Maxwell "kneeling" in front of John Paul II and "receiving his blessing" in 2003 was published by TheSun.co.uk (November 20) which is owned by the oligarch Rupert Murdoch.

The noticeably dark picture has some strange features: it is unusual that non-Catholics/non-Christians would kneel in front of a pope; at the time, John Paul II's chair was lifted up during group visits which seems not to be the case in the picture; nor is the inclination of John Paul II's head, due to his Parkinson's disease, visible (picture below).

TheSun.co.uk admits that there is no record of Epstein arriving in Rome but imagines that "pictures like this show just how powerful Epstein’s connections were and his ability to open almost any door.” In reality, John Paul II received hordes of people, and - unlike with Francis - it was not difficult to gain access to him.

Epstein, 66, allegedly committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell, 59, is facing trial in New York, accused of recruiting young girls for Epstein.

John Paul II in 2003:

Louis IX
Like any head of state a pope is going to greet innumerable people, possibly daily, and not know one from his uncle. Blessings are expected (and I would defend Francis in this case as well.)
aderito
Correction to my comment below "Are we going to judge Jesus because He ate with prostitutes ".
aderito
Please ,catholics dont judge like that , none of us is perfect we all all sin and make mistakes iam sure like he did .Are we going to Judge Jesus because he ate prostitutes , (Judas )was one of his disciples etc.Iam sure if he knew about their lives he would not approve of it
n2999c
Remember, he kissed the koran as well.
Ursula Sankt