The Lethbridge Herald
Saturday A, Saturday, April 2, 2005, p. a1
STEPHEN TIPPER Lethbridge Herald Pope John Paul's leadership brought
together and took the Catholic church into a new era, said local
church officials Friday]
Pope John Paul's leadership brought
people together and took the Catholic
church into a new era, said local
Catholic church officials Friday.
The 84-year-old pontiff's condition
deteriorated further Friday. The Vatican
said his breathing was shallow and
his kidneys were failing after
complications from a urinary tract
Father Wilbert Chin Jon of Our Lady of the Assumption and St.
Catholic churches said the Pope has been able to see past
has reached out to leaders of other religions.
think he tends to see what unites us as a people, even through
divisions," he said Friday.
As an example, he referred to the Day
of Prayer for peace in the world in
January 2002, when world religious
leaders met in Assisi, Italy, following
the Sept. 11, 2001
Pope John Paul II has also brought the church into the 21st
hasn't been afraid to confront real issues. He believes even
could be used to glorify God, said Chin Jon.
"He is able to
tackle issues like technology. He is able to examine
The Pope's shoes will not be easily
Bishop Frederick Henry of the Roman Catholic of the Diocese of
he will either be remembered as the People's Pope or as Pope
John Paul the
The Pope wrote recently a priest is a person who,
despite the passing of the
years, is still enthusiastic and passionate about
message, said Henry.
That perfectly (described)
the Pope, he said.
Pope John Paul also travelled more than any other
pontiff in the church's
history and was not afraid to take on world leaders.
Henry said the Pope was
committed to teaching, social justice and
"When you met him, you had the sense that you were in the presence
of a holy
man," said Henry, who met the Pope numerous times.
felt he should have to take off his shoes in the Pope's presence.
Stamp, youth minister at Assumption and St. Patrick, wrote in an
the Lethbridge Herald that Pope John Paul II is an amazing man
continuously shows Christ's love.
She attended World Youth Day
2000 in Rome and World Youth Day 2002 in
Toronto, and said the Pope "took
time to look at each one of us, to see into
when my eyes meet with his; an overwhelming sense of love came
over me, I
felt like I was looking into the eyes of Jesus Christ. I watched
pilgrims, too, meet the Holy Father, and their eyes were filled with
joy and love."
In Rome, he challenged the young people to be the saints
of the new
millennium, to make a difference and to set the world a blaze,
In Toronto, the Pope challenged youth to answer God's call in
and to live their lives in reflection of Jesus, she
Meeting the Pope in Rome was a life-changing experience for
Lethbridge graduate Austin Mardon. Mardon, now a writer in
graduated from U of L in 1985 with a degree in geography.
was working in that field that brought Mardon in front of Pope John
Mardon aquired a yellow and white papal flag from St. Joseph's College
Edmonton and took it along with a Canadian and Alberta flag when he was
of an expedition to the Antarctic in 1986. It would take 10 long years
lot of monetary savings to get him to Rome to present the flag and an
of photos to the pontiff at the papal audience hall, just off St.
"It was very profound," said Mardon. He says the Pope
was very frail at the
time with the beginning of his Parkinson's disease
showing but his strong
character and will were obvious.
He kissed the
Pope's ring and was blessed by the pontiff. Mardon said Pope
forgiving nature inspired him to be forgiving in his own life.
that he (was) a very strong person who believed in the sanctity of
not always a pleasant experience but he (was) in it for the
Uniform subject(s): Religion,
philosophy and ethics
Length: Medium, 580 words
Austin Mardon, CM
Post Office Box 1223, Main Post Office,
Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA,
Web site: www.austinmardon.org