Pope John Paul II, clearly suffering and in declining health, is a victim priest, closely identified with Christ whose vicar on earth he is; and whom he faithfully proclaims as the only hope for humanity. He deserves only our love and deepest respect. Catholics, in particular, owe to him loyalty and obedience. When history is written, he will be remembered as John Paul the Great, a truly courageous pastor and prophetic servant of God's people.
FR PATRICK McCAFFERTY
Sacred Heart Presbytery, BelfastReuse content