John Paul’s Tribute to Zealous Pastor

Saddened to learn of the sudden death of Cardinal Thomas Joseph
Winning, archbishop of Glasgow, I extend heartfelt condolences and the
assurance of my spiritual closeness to the clergy, religious and laity
of the archdiocese and to the Catholic community in Scotland.

In recalling Cardinal Winning’s generous and committed service
as priest and bishop, I join in giving thanks to God for the many blessings
bestowed upon the Church through his ministry.

During those long years, this zealous pastor encouraged the communities
he served in faith and Christian living, and was particularly outstanding
in defence of life and commitment to the poor.

I am confident that his example will inspire all the members of the Church
in Scotland to grow in their love of Christ and to increase their resolve
to serve their brothers and sisters in a spirit of Christian charity.

Entrusting all who are mourning the late cardinal to the protection of
Mary, mother of the Redeemer, I cordially impart my apostolic blessing
as a pledge of comfort and strength in our Lord Jesus Christ.

John Paul II

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