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UK tributes to Pope John Paul II
Tributes have been paid to Pope John Paul II, who died at the age of 84, by political and religious leaders and members of the Royal Family.


Buckingham Palace

The Queen has conveyed to the Holy See her deep sorrow on receiving the news of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Her majesty remembers the untiring efforts of Pope John Paul II in promoting peace and goodwill throughout the world.

The Queen also remembers well the work of Pope John Paul II for Christian unity including closer ties between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches and, in particular His Holiness's visit to Britain in 1982 - the first ever papal visit.


Prince Charles

It is with the deepest sorrow that I have learnt of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

He will be long remembered for his tireless efforts to promote world peace and for his great warmth of personality.

I have such fond and special memories of meeting His Holiness in Rome in 1985 and in the United Kingdom in 1982. His death is a great loss.


Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales

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Remembering him we are reminded that he stood for something very profound.

That the light of Christ was at its brightest when the darkness of the world seemed very deep.

The church will miss him, the world will miss him and I will miss him. May Pope John Paul II rest in peace.


Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

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Pope John Paul was a leader of manifest holiness and a faithful and prayerful friend of the Anglican Church.

There will be time in the days ahead for the proper tributes to be paid; for now we remember his life and ministry with thankfulness and hold the church that he led in our thoughts and prayers.

Christians everywhere will feel that sense of grief and loss but also gratitude.


Prime Minister Tony Blair

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The world has lost a religious leader who was revered across people of all faiths and none. He was an inspiration, a man of extraordinary faith, dignity and courage.

Throughout a hard and often difficult life, he stood for social justice and on the side of the oppressed, whether as a young man facing the Nazi occupation in Poland or later in challenging the communist regime.

He never wavered, never flinched, in the struggle for what he thought was good and right.

Yet whatever his own hardship and experience of what was wrong in human nature, he never lost faith in the human spirit and its ultimate capacity to do good.

To anyone fortunate enough to meet him, as I was with my family two years ago, he radiated such warmth and kindness that the meeting was unforgettable. He will be remembered with profound respect and admiration.


Conservative Party leader Michael Howard

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The deep sense of loss felt by Catholics at the passing of the Pope will be shared by many millions more, of other faiths and of none.

In a world of change and uncertainty, people saw him as a rock: steadfast in support of freedom, unswerving in opposition to totalitarianism, robust in defence of Christian values.

The Catholic Church has lost a truly remarkable Pope, and the world a very great spiritual leader.


Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy

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The papacy of Pope John Paul II will be remembered rightly as a historic turning point in European and world affairs.

His was a pivotal presence on the international stage and he took his Christian message of hope to millions across the world.

He will be remembered with deep affection and reverence by the countless numbers of people whose lives he touched and influenced.


Iqbal Sacranie, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain

Pope John Paul II bestrode the international stage for nearly three decades with a simple message of peace, justice and freedom.

He was a man of extraordinary faith, courage and compassion.

He will be remembered by the poor and disenfranchised for his love and respect for all human beings.

Pope John Paul's death will leave an enormous void in the hearts of hundred of millions of people around the world.


Abdur Rashid Siddiqui, vice-chairman of the Islamic Foundation, UK

This extraordinary leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be remembered for his unique and impeccable credentials as a champion of the cause of suffering peoples of the world and uncompromising refusal to neither bow to the whims of our time nor to those who wield power in today's world.

Above all he personified the triumph of the human spirit.

I wish the Catholic Church courage and solace at this, their hour of sadness.


Jonathan Sacks, Britain's chief rabbi

Pope John Paul II was a global leader for a global age.

Few Jews will forget his visit to the synagogue in Rome or his deeply moving pilgrimage to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

That one act of atonement for the suffering caused to Jews by the church was one of the great healing moments of our time.






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