The Church prays for the dead and this prayer says much about the reality of the Church itself. It says that the Church continues to live in the hope of eternal life. Prayer for the dead is almost a battle with the reality of death and destruction that weighs down upon the earthly existence of man. This is and remains a particular revelation of the Resurrection. In Prayer Christ Himself bears witness to the life and immortality, to which God calls every human being.
Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1994)
Saint John Paul II