Back in 1968 at the height of their popularity, John Lennon of the Beatles made the claim that "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus Christ". Also at this time, it was popular and even chic to claim that "God is Dead". Now, 37 years later, after the death of Pope John Paul II, the largest gathering of people in history, over 2 million souls came to pay their respects to the Vicar of Christ. It is estimated between 1 and 2 billion people watched the funeral on television. John Lennon was shot in 1980, and while many grieved, nothing near the numbers gathered in his memory as did this Pope. George Harrison died just a few years ago, and perhaps, even fewer gathered in his memory. The Beatles broke up in 1970 after less than a decade together.... the Church of Christ is still going strong after 2 millenia....... So John Lennon had it wrong..... Christ is a lot more popular than the Beatles ever thought of being and His Father is alive and doing well! How many times have rulers, dictators, kings, queens declared themselves something akin to God, and passed into history, most to be forgotten within a few years? Yet, the Church, which was founded at the time of the Emperor Tiberius at the height of the Roman Empire, still endures, and has more followers than the Roman Empire ever did, and certainly more fans than the Beatles!