February 10, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):

Mr. Speaker, in the unavoidable
absence of the leader of the official opposition (Mr. Manion), I wish to express on his behalf and on behalf of my colleagues and myself, our profound emotion upon learning this morning of the passing from this life of Pope Pius XI. His holiness was a great churchman and a brilliant scholar, who was preeminent in his devotion to the welfare of all classes and conditions of our fellowmen.
As the sovereign pontiff of Vatican City, his influence was ever exerted with the political leaders of all nations for the preservation of peace. As the ecclesiastical head of over 350,000,000 of peoples of all the races of the world, every important movement for the spiritual, moral and social improvement of all classes and conditions of mankind, enlisted his sincere sympathy and his earnest support.
As a prelate of fervent, personal piety and devotion, his compassion was ever extended to the poor, the sick and the afflicted.
818 COMMONS
Bren Gun- Privilege, Mr. Gardiner
As an eminent Christian gentleman, he showed us all an example of steadfast faith and fortitude under physical suffering that continued for several years until there was granted to him a peaceful release late last evening. We unite with all other Christian peoples in our expression of sympathy for all adherents of the Roman Catholic church in their grievous sorrow, and in our gratitude for his personal example of devotion to duty amid the manifold turmoils that have beset this world during recent years.

Topic:   DEATH OF POPE PIUS XI
Subtopic:   EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY OF GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND HIS MAJESTY'S LOYAL OPPOSITION
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