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Mennonite Church Canada responds to death of John Paul II


April 5, 2005

Winnipeg, Man. — In response to the recent death of John Paul II, Dan Nighswander, general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada, send the following letter to representatives of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops:

The news of Pope John Paul II’s final illness and death has provided an occasion for reflection on the impact of his life and ministry. As the most highly visible face of Christianity in the world, his witness to the convictions and values of Christian faith as understood within the Roman Catholic Church, has affected Christians of all denominations, adherents of other faiths, and people of no faith. We join with people the world over in mourning his passing and thanking God for his service

During the time of his papacy many Mennonites have grown in their appreciation of the Roman Catholic Church. The formal dialogue between representatives of the Mennonite World Conference and the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has furthered John Paul II’s passion for reconciliation, forgiveness and the lived expression of the gospel of peace.

To our Roman Catholic neighbours and friends we express our condolences and recall our shared hope in the resurrection. Together we pray that God will call forth a worthy successor to the office, through whom the whole family of faith and indeed the whole world may be blessed.


Dan Nighswander
General Secretary