Pope John Paul took as an informal motto of his papacy the words of
scripture, “Be not afraid!” Through these twenty-six years, he taught
us in word and deed the meaning of this phrase – that all who
wholeheartedly open their lives to Christ and belong to Him have
nothing to fear in this world or the next.

May we who mourn the passing of our Holy Father follow the example of
his faith and be led, as he was, to a deeper hope of eternal life with
the Risen Christ.