Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct 22, 2003 / 22:00 pm
The Senate of the Dominican Republic has sent a resolution to the country’s Papal Nuncio, which declares John Paul II “living patrimony of the Dominican people and of the world.”
Proposed by Senator César Augusto Matías of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), the resolution was unanimously approved by the legislative body.
The document calls the Holy Father “living patrimony” for his work and for his contribution to peace.
In 1979 the Dominican Republic, with a population of 9 million people—the majority of whom are Catholic, became the first country to be visited by John Paul after being elected Pope.