Bishop Conlon April 05
Bishop Conlon Statement on the Death of
Pope John Paul II - 04/01/05
From: Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Steubenville
The death of Pope John Paul II is a significant event in the life of the Church. He has been our father and teacher for over 25 years. He has served with enormous energy, vision, intelligence, and faith. His influence on the Church and the world is difficult to measure.
His death is also significant because of the sense of loss it creates among Catholics. Anyone under the age of thirty-five has known no other pope. Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and his desire to draw them to Christ has inspired a deep love for him in turn among young people.
We, in the Diocese of Steubenville, commend this servant of the Lord to the God who created him and called him forth for such noble service among God’s people. We give thanks to God for the blessings that have flowed to us through the Holy Father. We are confident that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide the Church in the ways of truth, justice, and love.
Bishop Conlon will celebrate Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and at St. Mary Church in Marietta on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
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April 1, 2005