For Immediate Release

April 2nd, 2016

Mayor Crombie Marks Pope John Paul II Day 2016

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with all residents to commemorate Pope John Paul II Day.

“Mississauga is home to a thriving Catholic community and compassionate Catholic churches that invest back in our City through works of charity, social justice and support for refugees fleeing persecution, from places like Syria.

“These faith communities continue to carry on the legacy and work of Pope Saint John Paul II.

“For residents of Polish heritage, Pope Saint John Paul II’s tenure as Holy Father and head of the Roman Catholic Church is fondly remembered and cherished.

“Mississauga is home to 50,000 residents of Polish descent. The John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, located in our community, is an important gathering place to celebrate Polish culture year round.

“Beatified in 2011, Pope Saint John Paul II was recognized as a global statesman undertaking exhaustive international missionary work, which included travels to Toronto for World Youth Day in 2002.

“Pope John Paul II’s personal motto was “totally yours”. These two words speak volumes about his unbreakable faith and unwavering commitment to serving the greater good.”