Mr. Pierre Gimaiel (Lac-Saint-Jean):
Madam Speaker, this morning I heard the news on the radio that Pope John Paul II will be visiting Canada in September 1984. The Pope will be in Canada for ten days, and will be staying three days in my own province, the Province of Quebec. I would like to point out how important this visit is, considering the fact that over 25 per cent of the people of this great country of ours are Catholic, and I also wish to say how pleased I am, as a Member of this House, with the news of this visit. I think it is a great honour that is being bestowed on the Catholics of this country by the leader of 500 million Catholics throughout the world.
I hope that on this occasion, the Government of Canada will offer the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops any help they may require in preparing for this important trip which will be the first time the Pope, who is well loved throughout the world, sets foot on Canadian soil.
Subtopic: FORTHCOMING VISIT OF THE POPE
Sub-subtopic: RECOMMENDATION THAT GOVERNMENT OFFER ASSISTANCE TO CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS