"The Pope has created a wealth of precedents. Without the Pope
the history of Poland would have been quite different;
Solidarnosc, worker struggles, the fall of communist
dictatorship served as the gateway for the collapse of the
Berlin Wall in 1989. The Pope gave Polish popular dissent a
moral dignity which were crucial to the course of later events.
- Maurizio Gasparri, Italian Communications Minister
" The Queen remembers the
untiring efforts of Pope John Paul II in promoting peace and
good will throughout the world.
Her majesty 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.”
- Buckingham Palace, Great Britain
The Pope had
"influenced the peaceful integration of Europe in many ways. By
his efforts and through his impressive personality, he changed
our world." -
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Germany
"The Catholic Church has lost its
shepherd, the world has lost a champion of human freedom, and a
good and faithful servant of God has been called home." -
US President George W Bush, President
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."
- Prime Minister Tony Blair, Great Britain
"We have lost a very important
religious figure who dedicated his life to peace and justice for
all. We will not forget his visit to our land and his position
- Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority
"God has called home a great and
saintly man. Our sorrow at John Paul II's leaving us should be
tempered by the realization that he is finally at peace with the
Father. I am sure he is praying for us even now, as we are
praying for him."
- US Representative Henry Hyde, United States
"At the time when communism was
breaking down, finally, and needed strong people who were
prepared to push those boulders aside, and to make it possible
for tyranny to end in Europe, the pope was ... one of the most
important actors in that great (drama). If you look at what
happened in 1989 and 1990 and 1991 you cannot but help recognize
the tremendous contribution of Pope John Paul II to those
dramatic events and, therefore, to freedom, and he didn't stop
there. He has continued to be a voice for those who are
oppressed, for those who are seeking freedom." -
Secretary of State,
"He was a man of peace and he has
been a great supporter of the United Nations. I recall very
fondly my meetings with him, particularly sitting with him in
his private quarters discussing the question of war and peace
when we were thinking about what to do in Kosovo. He...(was)
extremely concerned about the world we lived in, and like me, he
also felt that in war, all are losers."
- Secretary General Kofi Annan , United Nations
"The outpouring of love across
the world is a testimony to the greatness of the pope. The pope
is an inspiration to millions of Americans and people all over
the world for his great moral leadership." - Scott McClellan, US White House Spokesman
"Today we lost a hero of our age.
Karol Wojtyla lived and died a warrior-saint, and we remember
with joy and gratitude his service to mankind. At the news of
his death, we mourn, we pray, and we bow our heads in thanks
that such men ever live. He was more than a good and holy man:
he was a lion." - House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay, Texas.
"Pope John Paul II was a healer
and a beacon of light around the world advocating for the poor,
the oppressed and the unborn. He was and continues to be an
inspiration to not only the 1 billion members of the Catholic
Church but also to all other people of faith around the world.
From the Middle East to the former Soviet Union and beyond, he
will be remembered for his respect for life and liberty and his
message of peace. No one in recent times has worked harder for
the greater good of his fellow man than Pope John Paul II.
Because of his work, the world is a better place."
- US Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert
"The death of Pope John Paul II brings to an end one of the epic
stories of our time, even as it reminds us of life eternal. Both
an upholder of tradition, and a breaker of tradition, Pope John
Paul II did as much as anyone to liberate the victims of
Communism. He was loved by all, even those who did not belong to
his church. He will be mourned by the entire human family."
- Former US President Ford.
"Pope John Paul II ... touched the
hearts of young and old, bringing tears to the eyes of those
inspired by his very presence. He provided unparalleled
leadership to his church and gave hope to those who had none." -
Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan
what the pope has achieved. Fifty percent of the collapse of
communism is his doing. After his first visit as pope to Poland,
he ended Mass with a prayer for the Holy Spirit to "renew the
face of the Earth," words that became a rallying cry. After that
we were able to organize 10 million people for strikes, protests
and negotiations. Earlier we tried and couldn't do it. These are
facts. Of course, communism would have fallen, but much later
and in a bloody way. He was a gift from the heavens to us."
- Lech Walesa, founder of
"John Paul II was a profound
spiritual leader and formidable role model for the teachings of
Christ. Much will be written over the years about his outreach
to people of various world religions and cultures. I just hope
the observations center around the undeniable truth that His
Holiness not only loved God with his whole heart and soul ...
but, loved his neighbor as himself. "
- Mary K. Shanahan, Catholic musician
"I am continually amazed each day
how his gifts seem to effect us even after his death. It struck
me the other night as I watched CNN what a gift this coverage
could be for us. I think that certainly without even realizing
it, we have been given this unbelievable witness to the sanctity
and beauty of life. Every part of both his life and death have
seem to bring us to prayer - to God. The conversations that have
taken place with people - avenues to bring people closer to God.
Questions that we may never have the opportunity to answer or
ask of people....because when else do we discuss matters of
faith in the secular world? Yes, even in his death, John Paul is
calling us to value our own lives spiritual and human….
- Trish Foti Genco, Catholic