02 Apr 2005
The Muslim Council of Britain offers its deepest condolences and commiserations to the Holy See and the world’s Catholic community with the passing of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
`Pope John Paul II bestrode the international stage for nearly three decades with a simple message of peace, justice and freedom. He was a man of extraordinary faith, courage and compassion. He will be remembered by the poor and disenfranchised for his love and respect for all human beings. Pope John Paul’s death will leave an enormous void in the hearts of hundred of millions of people around the world,’ said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
The MCB believes that Pope John Paul II’s message of peace and goodwill will continue to reverberate in the many places that he visited throughout his remarkable life. It will have a special resonance in the shipyards of Poland, the slums of Latin America, the towns and villages of Africa and the Palestinian refugee camps of the Occupied West Bank.[ENDS]
Notes to Editors:
1. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.