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Pope John Paul II: Your tributes

A woman mourns the death of Pope John Paul II

The Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II has ended in Rome.

Tens of thousands of mourners and leaders from all over the world have gathered in St Peter's Square for the ceremony.

This is the fifth page of your tributes to Pope John Paul II.


Your tributes:

Trust in God, be not afraid. The wisdom that Christ taught us and that he followed. God sent him here to help the world in a time of need. Now that God has called him home, it is up to us to be inspired by his life, and put our lives in God's hands, as he did. God bless you John Paul II.
Patrick Duffy, Ohio, USA

I cannot really say that I knew him, but through the eyes of the media, I came to know him. He was a good man who encouraged peace worldwide.
Purity Mwendwa, Kenya

You will be missed; you were a man of the people. Rest in peace, your kindness will never be forgotten.
Netta Kruger, South Africa

I heard he was a great fan of Liverpool Football Club. How more human can a Pope be?
John Mufumba, Uganda

I heard he was a great fan of Liverpool Football Club. How more human can a Pope be? Farewell my fellow LFC fan. Where you have gone, You'll Never Walk Alone. Jesus, His Father, His Mother and All the Saints will be there with you.
John Mufumba, Uganda

Our Pope was a God chosen Pope who lived like Christ. His daily prayers helped so many around the world.
Stephen C Odior, Nigeria

The brightest light in this world has been extinguished. May it continue to shine brightly in Heaven. God bless you - you have been an inspiration to all during your wonderful life. We will miss you deeply.
Jean Gray, UK

Even after his death, he still manages to make a difference in our lives
Kris Cadano, Philippines

I am always amazed with the Pope's effect on the people. Even after his death, he still manages to make a difference in our lives. His influence is more evident now and this is how a true leader should influence the people. A true inspiration for people with different beliefs. Thank you Pope John Paul II for reminding us that there is nothing wrong with enriching our spiritual lives.
Kris Cadano, Philippines

I have just returned from the Eternal City, where my choir was on a scheduled visit. We were privileged to be in St Peter's Square within 45 minutes of the Holy Father's death where we sang the Salve Regina. The whole experience was a wonderful parting gift from our esteemed pontiff and one which the 30 of us in Rome will ever forget. Requiem Eternan Pacem
Andrew Bell, England

A truly great man and a truly great loss, he will be missed by everyone.
Joe, United Kingdom

I've known about Pope John Paul II for many years. I think he is a real guard of peace because he was trying to stop many wars. I want his soul to be with God itself. Thank you Pope John Paul II.
Jin-ho Jung, South Korea

I have never forgotten the day the Pope came to Kawekamo in Mwanza and said Mass. He changed my life that day and I hope I can live out the rest of my life doing what he taught us to the best of my ability.
Paulo William, Tanzania

It was not Pope John Paul II who was out of touch with modern society, but that modern society is very much out of touch with the teaching of Christ
Barry, Brisbane

Karol Wojtyla was the world's outstanding spiritual leader. He actively went in search of the young, the poor, the sick, the disadvantaged - just as Christ did. He taught about forgiveness just as Christ did. He humbled himself before God just as Christ did. He was a true servant of God. I've got news for those who criticise his strict stance on issues like abortion and homosexuality - it was not Pope John Paul II who was out of touch with modern society, the fact is that modern society is very much out of touch with the teaching of Christ himself. Society needs to admit its sins to Christ and to receive the promised gift of eternal life just as this wonderful man did.
Barry, Brisbane

I will miss you very much you were an inspiration to me and to the Irish people. God be with you. Rest in peace
Celine Coldrick, Meath, Ireland

For a mark of respect for the "Pontiff", I think businesses should be closed on Friday in the UK. Pope john Paul II was such a great spiritual leader and peace maker. He will be dearly missed.
NB, England

My young boys were inspired by his forgiveness for the one who shot him
Victor de Abreu, South Africa

The day hundreds of thousands congregated in Johannesburg for a glimpse of the Pope is one I will remember forever. My young boys were inspired by his forgiveness for the one who shot him - like them, we were all inspired by one of those rare gems that so influenced this difficult world of today. Thank you Lord for having given us such a great man. Adeus Papa!
Victor de Abreu, South Africa

I am greatly touched by the death of our beloved Pope who passed on to eternity on Saturday. He is a historical Pope, whose name will never die off. God giveth, He also taketh. We have to bear that in mind.
Edith, Nigeria

Pope John Paul II was a truly inspirational man. He was compassionate, forgiving; a humanitarian and these are what he brought to the world. May we all try to be more like him. I will miss him dearly but know in my heart that he is watching over me and all the people of the earth. He has inspired me to live life to the full and to be happy with life and all its struggles. Rest in peace Holy Father, you are one with the Lord. Gone but never forgotten.
Shona Payne, Scotland

Today we lost our father who was true reflection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have never seen the brave, humble and the man in 20th century who can forgive the man who wanted to kill him. He will remain always in our prayers. May he always live in peace.
Mr and Mrs Lubna Akram John, Sultanate of Oman

My parents christened me Paul John to celebrate this visit
Pawel Krzemien, Krakow, Poland

I was born in June 1979 in Krakow when Karol Wojtyla came the first time as a John Paul II to this beloved city in Poland. My parents christened me Paul John to celebrate this visit. I'm very sad he has gone. We, especially young people, have a homework given us by our teacher - to live in accordance with his words. Thank you for all!
Pawel Krzemien, Krakow, Poland

I believer that the Pope did all that he could and it is very sad to see such a good man pass away. But God gave him his calling years ago to help those around him and now God is calling him back to collect his reward. God rest his Soul.
Paula Given, N Ireland

He showed us how to "just get on with it" regardless of your sickness, disability or pain. And he got on with it till the very end - the Servant of God's servants.
Barbara, Nigeria

For the believer and non believer alike, Pope John Paul II has been an inspiration in a troubled world. May his light shine on.
Ronald Hillman, Spain

I think that John Paul II was a great man and I have so much respect for him. I was very sad to hear of his death and hope that he rests in peace.
Lisa Colgan, Ireland

Truly a man of God who gave forgiveness
Lea, Philippines

I saw the Pope when he was in Manila 1995. I'm not a Catholic but when I saw him from afar I felt peace in my heart and tears in my eyes. Truly a man of God who gave forgiveness and loved the man who assassinated him which is a very hard thing to do. May he rest in peace with our God.
Lea, Philippines

His faith in God and his devotion to Our Lady should be an example to us all. If our leaders follow his example there will definitely be more peace in this world
Patricia Caruana, Malta

As I gaze up into the night sky I see one more bright shining star looking down upon us. Pope John Paul II you are where you wanted to be, next to our Heavenly Father.
Carla Wojtowicz, United States

It will indeed be impossible to find someone who can fit the shoes of Pope John Paul II. He was a man who truly reflected Christ in his life. From making landmark trips to various parts of the world to strongly upholding the Christian way of life, I truly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have seen his legacy. The question now is anyone able to follow in those footsteps?
Rohit Paul, USA

Regardless of your faith, or lack of it, I'm sure everyone will agree that John Paul II was a great and remarkable man. The Catholic Church will miss one of its strongest leaders and the world will miss a firm and loving diplomat. John Paul, I hope you have found what you have always sought. God bless.
Adam Lawler, London, UK

You will stay in our hearts forever
Tanya , Kazakhstan

While you were with us, people of all countries & confessions knew there was someone to protect them. Now, when you're watching us from above, please don't let any injustice happen in this world. You will stay in our hearts forever.
Tanya , Kazakhstan

This is a man who served, and did not segregate as others did. Other leaders must emulate his good works. Catholics will forever remember him.
Albert Bob Eshun, Ghana

A moment I will always remember was when our holy father visited Sri Lanka. It was an amazing atmosphere - an experience of a lifetime. We all chanted 'John Paul II - We love you'. And then his holiness leant into the mic and simply said 'John Paul II - He loves you too".
Nishalie, Sri Lanka

John Paul, the world will miss you greatly. I will always admire your quest for true equality for all mankind. Thanks for opening mine and many other hearts to our lord Jesus Christ and his mother Mary. I will always pray for you and keep you in my heart. Now you too have seen the face of God.
Rick Delgado, USA

The world has lost a great leader. I hope more world leaders will seek to follow the example of the life that Pope John Paul II lived.
John, Canada

Pope John Paul II will be missed sincerely. Through learning about his life, we realise what an amazing man he was.
Fiona Cunneen, Ireland

His death comes as a personal loss to me. I have always intensely admired his moral courage and integrity
Liz George, India

I had the opportunity to meet the Pope when he visited India in 1986. His death comes as a personal loss to me. I have always intensely admired his moral courage and integrity. His views on the ordination of women and abortion cause a lot of pain in the western world but here in Asia, Africa - and very likely Latin America - these views are not an issue at all. As a health care worker who treats people with AIDS I personally believe in the importance of encouraging the use of condoms, but I also feel that not enough is being done to stop the destructive cycle of promiscuous sexual behaviour that is the real cause of the spread of AIDS.
Liz George, India

No matter what people say about the "erosion" of the Catholic Church, the Pope's death has shown us that Christian beliefs still are at the forefront of world norms and values.
Nadine, Egypt

Karol Jozef Wojtyla was a great man in himself. I wish him the best. As the Pope, however, he was outdated and responsible for many people leaving the Church due to his conservative and segregating views. Here is hoping the Cardinals decide to elect the next Pope who understands the world in the 21st Century.
Paul Girling, Toronto, Canada

I am Muslim, I love the Pope because he was brave, outspoken and a peacemaker. A wonderful giver of blessings and an absolutely unbelievable example of the human being - he will be greatly missed. If only we all could care and love as he did, how would the world be? It is a time of international mourning, of worldwide Catholic sadness. May the Pope rest in peace.
Shahzad Khan, Pakistan

The sadness and sense of loss is hard to describe
Margaret Wingfield, UK

The sadness and sense of loss is hard to describe - there will never be a holy father like Pope John Paul II ever again. I will always remember him as saying with regard to solidarity, glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall, "The tree was already rotten, I simply gave it a good shake and the apples fell".
Margaret Wingfield, UK

John Paul the world will miss you greatly. I will always admire your quest for true equality for all mankind. Thanks for opening mine and many other hearts to our lord Jesus Christ and his mother Mary. I will always pray for you and keep you in my heart. Now you too have seen the face of God.
Rick Delgado, USA

He is our Pope. We are with him for ever.
Malaeikal Thomas Francis, India

What a loss to mankind! As a Muslim, seeing him over TV, I always found him a great person working for peace and love for every human being. May the almighty bless his soul.
MD Mustafa Jamal, Dhaka, Bangladesh

I am a person of dual-nationality and a great admirer of Pope John Paul II. He was a man of integrity, honesty, humanity, a man of the people who brought his religion to the world. He was a staunch supporter of justice and made a stand against all forms of oppression, including Nazism and Communism. He was humble enough to express his apologies to other countries and faiths for past 'wrongs' inflicted by the Roman Catholic Church. We love him and he will clearly be missed by most of the world. A tough act to follow.
Elizaveta Sokolowska, UK/Poland

I am a Protestant Christian. I believe today Pope John Paul II has been with our God (Jesus Christ) in heaven. A pleasant journey to Pope John Paul II, you are a peaceful man of the world. I always remember you for your blessing words via TV at Christmas every year.
Joke Femmy Sampouw, Indonesia

The Pope was a good man, but he was not infallible
Peter, UK

Let's not get carried away here. The Pope was a good man, but he was not infallible and he was not the Son of God. As far as the Christian religion as a whole is concerned; with the exception of one or two Christian-fundamentalist sects, the Roman Catholic church is the branch of the Christian church responsible for holding back genuine "Christian beliefs" evidenced in the Gospels. Let's forget all of the froth; this is an ideal opportunity for the Catholic faith to get back to true Christian values, but sadly this will not happen. Jesus' simple message will once again be lost in protocol and administration.
Peter, UK

I find it incredible all the people who are saying they will miss the pope and what a wonderful man he was or those who are descending on Rome for the funeral. I regard the Pope as one of God's servants who has been called home but I may not have always agreed with him or attended church. How many of these people who are so upset and who will miss him so much actually followed his faith, teachings or even attended church at all?
Linda, UK

He was a pope with a worldwide view and conscious heart. I felt it strongly when he welcomed Indonesian delegates in Rome for the matter of inter-religious dialogue. His presence reflected the heart of Jesus himself, a man who always offers more communion and forgiveness than exclusion. His visits to Indonesia were absolutely influential for the faith of Indonesian Church. He was a pope who knew how encourage his people.
Agustinus Sutiono, Indonesia

I heard about Pope John Paul II when he came to Malawi in 1989 since I am a Presbyterian. Throughout the years, I have been hearing about him through the media. What a freedom fighter he was, a defender of peace, unity, love and forgiveness. All this was shown over the Iraq war, visiting a mosque and the 1981 assassination attempt. May his soul rest in peace.
Dickson, Malawi

He held such enormous power over millions. What a pity he didn't utter a few words - condoms are OK - that would have saved countless lives. That'll what he'll be remembered for - he had that power: he chose not to use it.
Alan Henness, UK

I have two vivid memories of Pope John Paul II's visit to York in 1982. Firstly - and most painfully - the terrible sunburn. Secondly my mother waving so frantically at His Holiness as the Popemobile came past us that the photo of him smiling at us and waving back came back as the back of the Popemobile with Mum's blurry arm totally obscuring the smiling pontiff. These light-hearted reminiscences aside, I may not see eye to eye on everything the Catholic Church teaches, or all that the Papacy stands for and upholds, but Karol Jozef Wojtyla was a great man. With his work here done may he rest in peace.
Anita Elsdon, England

The Pope's death is truly a loss to the world. Many are the people he touched with his unconquerable quest for peace and equality. He loved without knowledge of black or white skin. Though he leaves us physically alone, he's with us spiritually. May God continue to grant you eternal blessings. Amen.
Jeffrey Piezil, Ghana

The man who fought for peace and human dignity, a saint in every sense of the word, has accomplished one thing. Today's biggest foes in the world will be sitting side by side Friday to honour this incredible human being, and his legacy. Think about it: the president of the United States, the President of Iran, Syria, Israel and Palestine all paying homage to the man who spent his life promoting peace. And just let your mind imagine what could come of that. Thank you John Paul for allowing the world to see this.
Eva Maile-Ichkhanian, USA

As a Catholic I am bound to say what a wonderful, spiritual man he was. He knew that whilst there are many religious divides in the world, the very thing that we all have in common is a desire for peace. He set out to offer the sign of peace to all peoples, and therefore, whether one is Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, other Christians, Atheist, one cannot deny that Pope John Paul II was a truly honourable man. He always however, stuck rigidly to the principles which we all have read about - some I agree with, others I don't. However, because he was so constant, so unwavering, yet so loving and gentle and kind he deserves only the greatest respect.
Allison, UK

He served his church well and left a rich legacy
Michael Wachira Kanyingi, Kenya/Maryland, USA

As a young man in secondary school, I remember seeing the Pope in August 1985 at Nairobi's Uhuru Park. Little did I know that almost twenty years later, we would all be mourning this great man. He served his church well and left a rich legacy. May the Lord bless him mightily.
Michael Wachira Kanyingi, Kenya/ Maryland, USA

My wife Yvonne and myself along with our children and grandchildren express our deepest sorrow for the loss of the greatest spiritual leader of our time. Our prayers are with you Holy Father.
Ludwick J Pindera, Canada

My husband, my youngest son and myself had the opportunity to be in Rome January 1st, 2002 and celebrating mass with the Pope. We heard his New Year's Day speech in the many languages he addresses. My oldest son had the same opportunity 2 years prior. This is a time that will never be forgotten just like we will never forget him.
Mary and Dan, USA

I am a Catholic and will deeply miss the only Pope I've known. I saw him on his visit to Madeira in 1991 and look back at the photos with great fondness. What a great and loving man who inspired us all. You will be so sadly missed. May you rest in peace. Amen.
Gloria Owens, Madeira, Portugal

The Pope fought for human liberty in all parts of the world
Ana, Nicaragua

The Pope fought for human liberty in all parts of the world. He visited Nicaragua in 1983 and gave us such a beautiful message of hope and courage, even though he was snubbed by the Sandinista government (which was in power at that time). I was so happy when he visited our country ten years later, in 1993, and could see us free to express all the love and admiration we have and will always have for him.
Ana, Nicaragua

God bless you and keep you safe. You are with him now, no more pain and suffering any more.
Alison, Scotland

A wonderful giver of blessings and an absolutely unbelievable example of the human being- he will be greatly missed. If only we all could care and love as he did, wow, would the world be nice.
Antoinette, USA

Pope John Paul II has been amazing. We are sad to see him lying in state, but are happy not to see him suffering anymore. A true saint.
Joy and Sal Sansone, USA

His magnificent courage in his frailty over his last years, and his openness and serenity on his approaching death have taught the world that old age, disability and physical weakness can not only be lived through but challenge us all to be strong in a different way and must not be hidden away.
Veronica, England

Catholics, non Catholics, atheist alike all mourn the death of a son of the world. Jamaica mourns the loss of a great leader. In Jamaica our national leaders have all made statements regarding the death of Pope John Paul II. He was well loved because of his ability to reach out to all people. People of differing cultures appreciated this. Those in Africa who felt the world had forgotten about them were recognized by John Paul II. He can never be replaced. He was a man of principle and with all that is happening in the world today in terms of the breaking down of moral barriers, he did not break. He didn't even bend. The world needs more strong leaders like John Paul and he will indeed be missed.
Kadia, Jamaica, West Indies

Farewell to a great servant of God. A lover of all irrespective of religious beliefs. You have touched billions of lives in many positive ways and will continue to inspire many to love their neighbours as themselves. Adieu Holy Father!
Mr Nkem Emereuwa, Nigeria

No words can express what the Pope meant to all the normal people in the world, regardless of their nation, religion or social background. May he rest in peace.
Edvin Agacevic, Croatia

I was born under his Pontificate. I cannot imagine the Catholic Church without his leadership! He will be greatly missed but I am certain his deeds on Earth and in heaven will guide us all. You were a true disciple of Jesus! May you rest in peace and protect us from above!
Mario Germ, Argentina

A truly great man, that will be missed by everyone he touched.
Anna Giovanini, USA

I have full respect for the Pope who strived to mend differences of religions
Kazi Firoz, Kosice, Slovak Republic

Though I am Muslim, I have full respect for the Pope who strived to mend differences of religions. I would hope that the next Pope will follow his path while other religion clerics should learn some lessons from his works and to bury hatreds within human beings in the name of religions.
Kazi Firoz, Kosice, Slovak Republic

He was a great man who will be missed.
Fiona, Ireland

The Pope impressed me so much by his standing for truth and justice. He had the courage to condemn the unnecessary war in Iraq. He reached out to other religions, including Islam. I hope the next Pope will follow his footpath. The world will be a more peaceful place for it.
Ismaila Saliu, Nigeria

May the Pope rest in peace.
Tshegofatso, Botswana

Although I am not a Catholic, I am of the Christian faith. The Pope was an icon for all, regardless of what faith or none. He always put his life into the hands of God. There will be no-one who can match Pope John Paul II for his trust in God or indeed his Christ-like spirit. May he go forth from this world and may the heavenly angels guard him, and may he always live in peace.
Ian Baker, United Kingdom

When a great man like Pope John Paul II dies, it makes no difference if you're a Catholic or an Orthodox Christian or a Jew - the loss is just as huge. It is a time of international mourning, of worldwide sadness. The Pontiff was unique, irreplaceable- he will always live in our soul and in our thoughts. Addio Papa.
Marginean Rami, Romania

I loved the Pope because he was brave, outspoken and a peace maker. We all know we have lost a spiritual leader hence the fact is clear that heaven has gained a saint.
Nju Ghong Andy Tum, Cameroon

Isn't that amazing that, in the wake of the Pope's passing away, we are already eye-witnessing miracles - the Jews and the Muslims holding prayers in the very same cause.
Elzbieta, Gdansk, Poland

While he did a great service to mankind on one hand, he had an agenda like anyone else
Jason Konik, USA/Poland

I am quite torn on this pope. On the one hand, he was a crusader for the dignity of man in the face of oppression. On the other hand, he later became oppressive in his own right, condemning homosexuals and women who wanted abortions. He also said Protestantism can only reflect the glory of the Catholic Church, alienating those of us Poles, his countrymen, with German Lutheran roots. So while he did a great service to mankind on one hand, he had an agenda like anyone else, and to pretend otherwise is folly.
Jason Konik, USA/Poland dual national

My dear Pope, you have been an inspiration to the world, to people of all faith's, making Christ's presence more real in the world today with your love and compassion. Our hearts weep for you papa, please pray for us. God Bless You.
Raymond D'Silva, India

I think history will record that his political stance in Poland made all the difference there. It is a real shame that his tenure as Pope will be marred by his total lack of support for South American priests who wanted to help instigate political change on their continent. His lack of understanding of a women's point of view with regards to contraception and abortion is par for the course for the Catholic Faith - underneath the pomp and material Papal riches he was a man after all. I hope the new Pope is more in tune with modern reality than Pope John Paul II was and that he redistributes some of the enormous wealth the Vatican controls to the poor of this world.
Roger, England

I didn't always agree with his views but his death is a great loss to the Catholic Church
Mary O Dea, Scotland

I didn't always agree with his views but his death is a great loss to the Catholic Church. I wish I had made more of an effort to get to know more about his teachings while he was alive. I suppose it is never too late! He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Mary O Dea, Scotland

I find it extremely difficult to find the pope a great man. I find it hard to associate with a person who had very narrow-minded views on Homosexuality. As a homosexual male myself, I found his opinion to be a very pre-historic attitude to have in the 21st Century. The world is supposed to move forward and maybe now a new pope may lead the catholic church into a modern day revolution.
Rory, UK

He was a brave guy with a great spirit. Peace be upon his soul. I hope the next Pope will enjoy such a personality so he can participate in reducing some of the conflicts messing up the whole world.
Israa Mohammed, Iraq

The Pope was for all religions. I saw Pope in Krakow in 1977, I saw him in Vatican in 1982 and now, I will go to see him for the last time. It's painful but real. I doubt if any future Pope can replace this great person in the world. God bless Pope.
Nuton, Larnaca, Cyprus

John Paul the Great? Let time judge this. He may have been an open and dynamic personality. But also, he may one day be seen as the one who accelerated the decline of the Catholic Church empire by blocking long overdue reforms: Female priesthood and religious equality, birth control, AIDS protection and tolerance toward sexual orientation.
Jan Stiefel, Switzerland

I thought Pope John Paul II always bore his office magnificently. It is an office which must be so incredibly demanding both physically and mentally on a fit man, but the way he continued to fulfil his duties even when his health was failing, right up to his final hours, was truly remarkable. An almost super-human effort which showed what a great and devoted man he truly was. I was particularly touched by the words of the Vatican spokesman who in Pope John Paul II's final hours said he was already "seeing and touching the Lord". I thought that was expressed beautifully.
Simow, UK

My sister (now deceased) and I had the honour of seeing Pope John Paul II at Wembley - it was the most wonderful feeling seeing him how serene he looked and how humble we felt. His work has been done may he now rest in peace. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Lorraine Gomes, UK

I am a Muslim who was saddened by Pope John Paul II's death because he was a leader who reached out to human beings other faiths at a time when negative parochialism is not uncommon. Regardless of anyone's faith, spiritually, there's a lot that can be learnt from his life, especially from the way in which he endured his personal suffering with patience and dignity. May God grant him peace.
Eddy Simba, Tanzania

World politics in the eighties was embodied by radical figures such as Thatcher, Reagan and Gorbachev. Looking back, Pope John Paul II was very much the right man at the right time, an influential moderator and communicator with a strong sense of tradition and justice. It will be tough to find a worthy successor that can tackle the issues of the new millennium with quite so much flair.
Lorraine, UK

When I saw and read the very emotional reactions from the Polish people here in the US and in Poland, then I understood who this man of God was and still is to them. I now see his gifts to mankind. I am sorry it took this long for me to appreciate him. Pope John Paul II was a hero and he will remain an inspiration to me. Be proud Poland!
Robert Kaulani, United States

I have never forgotten the day the Pope came to Murrayfield Edinburgh for the Youth Mass. He changed my life that day and I hope I can live out the rest of my life doing what he taught us to the best of my ability.
Karen Smith, Scotland

I'm living on the USA but I'm from Dominican Republic - the Pope visited my country a couple of times. Pope John Paul II will go down in history as one of the greatest popes. He was always working for peace around the world and the unity between religions. The world has truly lost a great Pope - he was unique. May he rest in heaven with God.
Mercedes Abad, USA

He reached out to each and every soul across the globe irrespective of race or religion
Lawrence, Canada

The question being asked over and over again is what is Pope John Paul's legacy? The answer is he is a true reflection of Jesus Christ. He forgave the man who shot him. He asked forgiveness for the wrong doings of the Catholics. He reached out to each and every soul across the globe irrespective of race or religion. He stood for what's right. Even though old and feeble he never gave up on his crusade of preaching peace around the globe. He carried the cross until his last breath.
Lawrence, Canada

The world is very much in need of great men like Pope John Paul II. Amid the warmongering and the insatiable greed of the powers and the rampant poverty, he was the voice of peace, moderation and wisdom.
M Giorgis, Ethiopia

I'm not a Catholic and am in favour of women in the Ministry but I greatly admired the Pope. He was a good man who stood up for his beliefs and what was right, such as opposing the war in Iraq and helped to bring people of all faiths closer together. He will be much missed and I was greatly saddened to hear of his death though uplifted by the manner in which he faced it and his faith.
Rose Moss, UK

I met the Pope when he came to St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, during his UK tour in 1982. I was his Cross bearer at the service, on meeting the Pope afterwards, I felt that he gave you all his time, if only for a few minutes, you felt that you were important to him and he was interested in you. You were talking to a much holy and prayerful man. I have never forgotten that day. The world has lost a Great Pope, but now he is at peace, no more suffering with pain. May He now Rest In Peace.
Patrick Taylor, Kent England

You have to admire JPII the man and the serenity with which he conducted his duties and final hours on earth. His replacement will have a difficult job in firstly emerging from the shadows of his achievements and secondly reforming the modern Catholic Church. Beatification should be a formality.
Anthony Connolly, Birmingham, UK

On the occasion of the Pope's passing, I have mixed emotions. On one hand, it is sad that he is no longer with us, because he did a lot to bring peace to a world where war was, and still seems to be the only viable option. On the other hand, as a gay lapsed Catholic, I felt isolated from the church because of his policies. I really didn't know how to react upon the news of his passing. I do hope that his passing will open the floodgates to reform in the church.
Alex S, United States of America

In an age of superficiality he stood for eternal truth, demonstrated the importance of human life and love and rejected passing fashion. May God grant him eternal rest.
Denis, England

He was a fantastic force for good in this troubled world we live in
Helen Foster, England

John Paul II is the only Pope I can remember - I was 8 when he was elected. He was a fantastic force for good in this troubled world we live in. Those of us who are left would do well to learn from his example, particularly those in positions of power. May he rest in peace with his maker, Amen.
Helen Foster, England

The pope has lived all the virtues that Jesus has taught us to live. His journey to perfection is far reached and he gives us a glimpse of what God is like. He is a living example of a saint and how mankind should be - holy, peaceful and with a clear vision of life.
Margaret Lau, UK

Pope John Paul II was the only pope that I knew during my time. He was great world leader. He had a strong dedication to humanity, peace and a unified world. I was deeply saddened when news first broke regarding his health. Although, everyone knew that his health was declining. We would all never be prepared for the actual day to come to say farewell.
Maria T. Rodriguez, USA

We, as Catholics, will miss our great spiritual compass
Nancy, USA

What an amazing man. He took personal tragedy and suffering and gave it all for the glory of God. We, as Catholics, will miss our great spiritual compass, but know that he will be praying for the salvation of all in his Heavenly home.
Nancy, USA

I'm a Buddhist but I can not help being moved by the loss of such an amazing person. I have always had great respect for the Pope and for what he achieved in the face of sometimes great adversity. I will miss him.
Harry Woodward, England

Having worked in Vatican Radio for two years I feel very saddened and also nostalgic over the death of the Pope. His job was a most difficult one because his standards were not set by the world, but by Biblical truth. I am sure he always allowed himself to be led by the Spirit. He fought the good fight, ran the race to the finish, and I am sure now he has received his crown of glory. May his soul rest in peace.
Patricia Chibiliti, Zambia

Many world leaders paid tribute to the Pope as a great advocate of peace, not forgetting his role in the demise of communism. But all tend to forget his criticism of the Iraqi invasion, a noble deed that characterised his papacy.
Tendai, South Africa

We lived in such different worlds. I am a non-Catholic, liberal and differed in many opinions from Pope John Paul. And yet I had a huge admiration for him, holding fast to what he believed, his compassion, his humanity. He was a world leader, accepted everywhere and he probably didn't even know what he meant to everyone. He was a class act. I don't envy the Cardinals trying to find a successor or the new Pope's position.
John, Canada

I'm a bit puzzled by the line that other respondents seem to be toeing - i.e., the Pope taught the world love and unity. His anti-gay stance and opposition to condoms to combat the spread of Aids suggest otherwise.
Trevor Jackson, UK

He has died but he will be with us. We will miss him but we will not lose his beautiful teachings
Mochama, Kenya

He has died but he will be with us. We will miss him but we will not lose his beautiful teachings. He will be praying for the church he served for 26 years as the Pope. He was a man of God and a man of people without boundaries. Rest in peace and remember us in heaven.
Mochama, Kenya

I am a Muslim from Turkey and I want to express my condolences to all my Catholic brothers. God bless Pope John Paul II.
Ali Dora, Turkey

Pope John Paul II was a man of the people. He did what his vocation wanted him to do: to go out to the world proclaiming the faith, just as the apostles did 2000 years ago. The Roman Catholic Church is a much better and richer church for having Carol Wojtyla as its leader and patriarch over the past 26 or so years. Life won't be the same without him.
Allan Wright, Scotland

The first time I delivered a lecture in the University of Krakow, I was told it was the Place John Paul II studied. I am a Muslim but do share the deep sorrow of all Christians. He was an inspiration to everyone.
Alireza, Iran

Alexander the Great, Peter the Great, Gregory the Great. "John Paul the Great". Isn't it about time we had a great man and called him so?
Roberto L Tanizaki, The Philippines

I'm only 14, but I have seen enough to say that Pope John Paul II is and always will be one of the greatest men on earth. It is amazing how much travelling he has done, how many lives he has changed and he still had a great sense of humour. You will always be remembered and God bless you!
Artur Matula, Poland

A rare gem has gone to meet his creator. How can I ever forget his last visit to Nigeria when he spoke with the then military head? To me, that was the dawn of the democracy in Nigeria. His many good works cannot be forgotten. We take solace in the fact that you are resting in perfect peace. Adieu Papa.
I O Edoghogho, Nigeria

The Pope's last breath ignited a fire in souls of the Polish people
Pawel, Poland

A remarkable figure is now gone leaving my countrymen in a surprising awakening into unity. There is much unison in the air when you walk in the solemn atmosphere of Krakow now, as if the Pope's last breath ignited a fire in souls of the Polish people - a unique sense of togetherness and an identity, not yet defined...
Pawel, Poland

A testament to hope and courage. A living example of charity and love - after seeing the ugliness of war, he championed peace. While suffering greatly he showed solidarity with all who suffer. It is not the same world without Pope John Paul II.
Kim Hastings, USA

I am not a Catholic but feel a deep sorrow for the loss of a great man. He was a man of peace and some of the world leaders should and could learn a lot from his life. May he rest in peace.
Margaret Fossett, England

He was a great leader for all men, and for mankind. Although I'm a Muslim, I believe that he sincerely strived and worked to unite Judaism, Christendom and Islam. I send my condolences to all believers - may he rest in peace.
T Kara, Denmark

Like they say he is the Pope of Peace. He, during his Pontificate had worked hard for peace. Now he is gone the world is waiting for the new successor, he shall walk on the footprints that Pope John Paul II left on the World.
Michael Baldacchino, Malta (Gozo)

I really liked Pope John Paul II, because he was a very wonderful person and as much as I am a Greek Orthodox, myself, he was respected by our matriarch and he will always remain in our thoughts especially my thoughts. He was the greatest man and he fought against a lot of things especially in his health.
Rita, Cyprus

A great man, a great spiritual leader and a loss to humankind. Now gone to a far better place. His suffering is over, ours continues.
David Jones, England

The world has lost a true leader. As a leader he might have erred but that is only human. He had nothing against humanity but so much love and peace. The church faces a challenge of finding his successor.
Charles, Nigeria

Pope John Paul II is the greatest hero of our times. He taught the world love and unity. May his soul rest in Peace
Joseph Etim, Nigeria

Pope John Paul II will forever remain an epitome of brotherliness. He came, saw and inspired God's bond in humanity. Karol, rest in peace.
Rafiu Mohammed, Nigeria

Pope John Paul II, a man from God influenced human lives spiritually. A job well done. May the good Lord give him perfect rest.
Grace Turkson, Ghana

I am not a religious person but I still feel saddened by the loss of a truly great man. The world will be a darker place without him.
Andy, UK

He came. He conquered our hearts and minds. Left us grieving, we find him smiling from his heavenly abode. May Lord be praised for creating a human who was beyond an angel.
Altaf Noor Ali, Pakistan



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