A message of condolence was today extended to London’s Roman Catholic Community from the London
London Assembly Chairman Brian Coleman said that the passing of Pope John Paul II is a sad loss not only to the community in the capital but also to those who recognised his tireless commitment to the faith around the world. The Chairman will today attend the service of Solemn Vespers at Westminster Cathedral to pay tribute to the life of the Pope.
He said: “Londoners, whatever their faith, will be grieving and trying to come to terms with the death of a great man. John Paul II will always be remembered for his courage in confronting totalitarianism, historic efforts to heal relationships with the Jewish community and steady leadership during 26 years of extraordinary change in the world.
“Londoners will remember him fondly from his visit to the capital in 1982 when he initiated a faith dialogue
which continues to draw together people from all communities.”