I would like to thank Mr. Robert LaRosa for apologizing regarding my response to his attack on Pope John Paul II, questioning why he deserves being named a saint (“Religion is false,” Letters, May 29).
When I asked Mr. LaRosa to do more research, I didn’t mean to read a Bible, I meant that he should do more reading about the pope.
Pope John Paul II was proven to have done miracles for two different people after extensive research. And it is not just religious fanatics but regular people who believe in God and believe that John Paul II and his long ministry connected people from every nation and helped make the world a more peaceful place. Councilman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Marge Markey and clergy members recently honored Pope John Paul II with a street renaming in Maspeth.
The newly canonized saint touched the lives of billions of people and his legacy will never be forgotten. In April I went to Italy to celebrate the canonization of John Paul II and Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, and I got extremely emotional when more that three million people from all over the world gathered and prayed in St. Peter’s Square. I felt the presence of God and a joy that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
When people make mistakes we are taught to forgive them because they don’t know what are they doing. I hope Mr. LaRosa’s anger and frustration will go away. And it doesn’t mean that religion is false.