Governor Huntsman Expresses Condolences to Utah's Catholic CommunityNews Advisory
April 02, 2005
Dear Bishop Niederauer, It was with sadness and a heavy heart that I, along with other Utahns, learned of the passing of Pope John Paul II. I write to express my most sincere condolences over the passing of such an extraordinary leader with a deeply human touch. While our hearts grieve for the loss of this great spiritual leader, our thoughts are turned to his beautiful teachings of peace, hope and reconciliation. Through unprecedented global outreach, he spoke peace to the souls of some of our world's most downtrodden and forgotten people. No Holy Father ever traveled further in service of all humanity. He lived a life of "true religion", as James said: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world." As Christ did, he spent his time with those in need of comfort. As Paul the Apostle said of himself, so too could Pope John Paul II say, "I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day." Bishop Niederauer, our prayers are with you and the membership of the Utah Diocese in this time of mourning. May the Lord's peace be with you. Sincerely, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.