.- Prime Minister Tony Blair remembers meeting Pope John Paul II with his family two years ago. The Pope âradiated such warmth and kindness that the meeting was unforgettable,â he said. Upon hearing the news of the Popeâs death, the British prime minister issued a statement, which read: âThe world has lost a religious leader who was revered across people of all faiths and none.
âHe was an inspiration, a man of extraordinary faith, dignity and courage,â Blairâs statement continued. âThroughout a hard and often difficult life, he stood for social justice and on the side of the oppressed. â¦ He never wavered, never flinched in the struggle for what he thought was good and right.
âYet whatever his own hardship and experience of what was wrong in human nature, he never lost faith in the human spirit and its ultimate capacity to do good,â he stated. âHe will be remembered with profound respect and admiration.â