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Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury on the announcement of the death of Pope John Paul II

Saturday 2nd April 2005

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed his sadness on learning of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

The Archbishop said, "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."

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