A Statement from Archbishop Gregory Aymond Regarding the Announcement that Blessed John Paul II will be Canonized

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aymond-gregory-400×225“It is with great excitement we received the news that Blessed John Paul II will be canonized this year.  I am in Rome and there is much excitement here.  Blessed John Paul II was a man of great faith and was an inspiration to Catholics and people of all faiths throughout the world. His spirit and legacy of evangelization remain with our Church and will impact generations to come.  We here in New Orleans have a special connection to Blessed John Paul II since he visited us here in New Orleans in 1987. I am grateful to have been able to experience that visit and to have, in a special way, commemorated it this year in cooperation with NOMA through the exhibit “Portrait of Faith: Jon Paul II in Life and Art.” The success of the exhibit is a testament to what the late pope meant to people of all faiths.  May Blessed John Paul II pray for us!”

– Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans