7 April 2005 Edition

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Adams' sorrow at death of Pope

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has expressed his deep sorrow at the death of Pope John Paul II. Paying tribute to the Holy Father, Adams said:

"People throughout Ireland have had a close affinity with Pope John Paul since his historic visit here in 1979 and there will be deep sorrow across the country this evening at the news of his death.

"Although stricken with Parkinson's Disease in recent years, Pope John Paul showed huge courage and determination as he continued to travel and to lead the Catholic Church worldwide.

"I had the honour of greeting Pope John Paul briefly in the summer of 2002.

"This evening I extended the condolences of Sinn Féin, on the death of the Holy Father, to the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Most Rev Dr Guiseppe Lazzarotto and to the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr Seán Brady."

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