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Condoleezza Rice Death of Pope John Paul II

Death of Pope John Paul II

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
April 2, 2005

I am deeply saddened by the death of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. The pontiff was a world statesman whose leadership played a key role in the fall of Communism and the democratic transformation that swept Europe in its wake.

In the 26 years of his papacy, Pope John Paul II's advocacy for human rights and human dignity never wavered. The wisdom and universality of his teaching will continue to guide all of us who, like Pope John Paul II, believe in freedom and faith.

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Released on April 2, 2005


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