No matter religion, the world stands in awe of the humanitarian
and spiritual contribution John Paul II made during his 27-year
tenure as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He built bridges
to other faiths, inspired a whole generation of youth on all
the continents, cared for the poor, defied the threats of Soviet
domination, held firm to his beliefs, and showed us how to
live and how to die. He journeyed to 129 countries, and brought
the presence of a living and loving God to every corner of
I see John Paul II as not just a servant of the church but
as a servant of us all. He was an ardent advocate of peace
with justice and constantly invited the first world to rise
above the culture of materialism to taste the fruit of what
an authentic spiritual life can offer.
We pray his successor will continue to bring our world together
by breaking down barriers of culture, race, and religion. Thank
you, John Paul II.