"Verbatim"."His passion for his ministry, compassion for the poor, and his respect for human life made him a beacon of light and a source of hope not only for Catholics but for all people."
--Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University Georgetown University, in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.; Jesuit; coeducational; founded 1789 by John Carroll, chartered 1815, inc. 1844. Its law and medical schools are noteworthy, and its archives are especially rich in letters and manuscripts by and , on Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born ( John Paul II John Paul II, 1920–2005, pope (1978–2005), a Pole (b. Wadowice) named Karol Józef Wojtyła; successor of John Paul I. He was the first non-Italian pope elected since the Dutch Adrian VI (1522–23) and the first Polish and Slavic pope. Cultural Center, April 7, 2005)
"It certainly shows and puts a spotlight on the lack of accountability in the Catholic Church, that the most visible bishop in the clergy sexual-abuse crisis has been given these honorary opportunities."
--Suzanne Morse, spokeswoman for Voice of the Faithful Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) is an organization of lay Catholics, formed in early 2002 in response to the Roman Catholic sex abuse cases. Founding and mission
VOTF began when a small group of parishioners met in the basement of St. , on Cardinal Bernard Law's lead role in one of John Paul II's funeral liturgies (Associated Press, April 8, 2005)
Movement toward unity or cooperation among the Christian churches. The first major step in the direction of ecumenism was the International Missionary Conference of 1910, a gathering of Protestants. is the hope for international understanding, for humanitarian allegiance, for true peace based on justice and dignity, and for God's continued presence and involvement in modern history."
--Former Greek Orthodox Archbishop of North and South America Iakovos, who died soon after Pope John Paul II (Associated Press, April 11, 2005)
"If the pope is a liberal, it is against the law of God. Liberalism is a no-no because it is anti-God, so you cannot have a pope that is anti-God."
--Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa City, Philippines (Agence France Presse, April 7, 2005)