Statement by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II

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Statement by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II

TORONTO, April 2 - The Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, made the following statement upon learning of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II: I am saddened to learn of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, a man of deep and fervent religious faith whose spiritual strength has touched the lives of millions. I am sure that the 263rd Roman pontiff, and the first non-Italian elected pope since 1522, will go down in the history books for helping to tear down the Iron Curtain by supporting Poland's solidarity movement. I first had the privilege of meeting the Holy Father at the Vatican when serving as diplomatic advisor to Canada's Prime Minister. On that and three subsequent brief encounters, I found him as impressive in person as he was in reputation, despite his failing health. In July 2002 I had the pleasure of welcoming His Holiness to Ontario for World Youth Day celebrations. His charismatic presence and rapport with young people, and those of all ages, will long be remembered by Ontarians.For further information: Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Tel. (416) 325-7780, Fax (416) 325-7787, www.lt.gov.on.ca