POPE John Paul’s 100th foreign trip to Croatia on June 5-9 is a remarkable achievement for a world leader who refuses to let age weary him.
At 83, the aptly nicknamed ‘Pilgrim Pope’ has shown a determination to carry on with the grace of God where many others at his age would have given up their travels.
Pope John Paul, as Christ’s shepherd on earth, recognises the importance of being among his flock and evangelising to the world.
Vatican spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, gave us an insight into the papal mind when he told reporters in Croatia that the Pope’s physical limitations are not so much an obstacle as an instrument of his mission.
May that mission continue to inspire Catholics and others around the world for many more years to come.
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