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Pelosi Statement on Passing of Pope John Paul II

Location: Washington, DC

Pelosi Statement on Passing of Pope John Paul II

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the death of Pope John Paul II:

"The world mourns the passing of one of the great spiritual and humanitarian leaders of our time, Pope John Paul II.

"Pope John Paul II was passionate in his commitment to doing God's work here on earth, seeking peace and justice for all. His deeds, his words, and his indomitable spirit of love were a blessing to this world.

"Pope John Paul II was a man of God, and he was also a man of the people. He was a source of hope to so many, and he honored that devotion by traveling the world to reach out to people of all ages, nationalities, and faiths.

"It is written in the book of Genesis, 'Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.' Pope John Paul II is with his Father now. We were blessed that he preached peace in this world for so long."

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