Rep. Grimm Celebrates the Sainthood of Pope John Paul II

Jul 5, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs

NEW YORK, NY – Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-S.I./Brooklyn) issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the Vatican that the Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint:

“As a proud Catholic, I join with Staten Island and Brooklyn’s faithful in joyful celebration of Pope John Paul II’s impending canonization. When I was 12 years old, I was honored to travel with my choir to the Vatican to sing for Pope John Paul and a private audience. I will never forget how privileged I felt when he came down from the altar after the performance and blessed us all.

“Pope John Paul’s amazing life and leadership guided the Church’s loving message of compassion and charity through the complexities of the modern world. Through his countless pastoral trips and youth congregations, Pope John Paul’s energy, personability, and endless faith brought a renewed belief in the teachings of Christ and the relevance of Christian morality in the 21st Century, particularly among young people.  A tireless advocate for the poor and a constant voice for freedom of expression, Pope John Paul’s brave criticism of the Soviet regime directly contributed to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

“The canonization of Pope John Paul II is testament to the legacy and life of a remarkable leader in the Catholic Church. Saint Pope John Paul II will serve as a constant source of strength and comfort to the community of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.”