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US Reacts To Death Of Pope

US political leaders react to death of pope

US political leaders are reacting to the death of Pope John Paul the Second. President Bush says "the world has lost a champion of human freedom." He added, "A good and faithful servant of God has been called home." Former President Gerald Ford is remembering the pontiff as "an upholder of tradition and a breaker of tradition" who "did as much as anyone to liberate the victims of Communism." Ford says the pope's death brings to an end "one of the epic stories of our time, even as it reminds us of life eternal." Congressman Henry Hyde says "God has called home a great and saintly man." The Illinois Republican says he's sure the pope "is praying for us even now, as we are praying for him."

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