- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Pope John Paul II, a man of deep faith, will one day be proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church (“Pope is joyous about beatifying John Paul II,” Web, Sunday). The Holy Father was an inspiration and a model witness to the life of Christ; a shepherd of truth immersed in profound humility and an immense love for both God and man.

His many writings and tireless, worldwide pilgrimages of faith have been a source of strength, encouragement, confidence, optimism and enlightenment not only to Catholics, but to all men of good will.

A champion of the poor and ardent exponent of Christian unity, the Polish pontiff also served in such capacities as teaching, governing and sanctifying, being both a beacon of light and salt of the earth. Alongside his historic role in the fall of communism, John Paul II was the world’s most influential and uncompromising defender of the dignity of human life. His tenacious pleas for the development of a “culture of life” and parallel denunciations of the “culture of death” have been instrumental in rallying opposition to war, terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, contraception and embryonic-tissue research.

I pray he gets his well-deserved, heavenly reward promised by God to all his good and faithful servants.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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