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A SAMPLING OF AUSTRALIANS' RESPONSES
TO POPE JOHN PAUL II'S DEATH

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CNN.com invited visitors to its news web site to send a brief note sharing their views on the death of the pope. They received thousands of responses. A few from Australia are listed below. Some have been edited.

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Australian Emails received by CNN:

bulletJohn Paul II was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and he practiced what he preached. Love, Humility and compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves was his modus operandi and I am certain he has been welcomed into the embrace of the Father. Kevin Harrison; Hamilton, New Zealand
bulletIn the gospel we read Jesus said, "Do not be afraid for I am with you even until the end of times." John Paul II always said, "Do not be afraid." Thank you John Paul for letting us know not to be afraid, for through your pontificate we know Jesus is truly still with us. He came to Australia twice and I went to see him. As a human he was a lively, happy man and as the Vicar of Christ he was a holy man that knew and did the will of God. Thank you God for Karol Jozef Wojtyla. Pat Bayliss; Melbourne, Australia
bulletHe was a great man, the world is poorer without him. He made the Church a world religion, not an Italian one. Kroehss P.; Perth, Australia
bulletHeaven is rejoicing while we are in mourning. In this John Paul II followed Jesus, too. I am very sad this day. Chris John; Melbourne, Australia
bulletI cry tears of sorrow for the loss of an incredibly gifted leader. I cry tears of gratitude for having lived to witness our human angel in action. May all those mourning for him embrace his spirit, morals and faith and continue to live by his example. Our holy father, Pope John Paul II, God bless you, keep you and shine His light on you. You have enriched so many souls, inspired so many lives and softened so many struggles. Thank you for your goodness, ethics and honor. Rest in heavenly peace with our teacher. Kate Dzidzic; Melbourne, Australia
bulletA man that mirrors all of mankind. He saw the ugly, beautiful, solemn, and weary. A pope like no other. Why you ask? Because he was real. May you fly free in God's love dear man. Niki Stewart; Queensland, Australia
bulletOn behalf of the Christians in Papua New Guinea, we would like to thank Pope John Paul II as being the leader of the Catholic Church and as the head of the Vatican, who has inspired a lot of Christians to stand up against corruption in the government, our family lives, and place of work. Your strength and perseverance is strength to us all. You brought the human race together and we know that you are now with the Lord. Edward Minnis; Tabubil; Papua New Guinea
bulletPope John Paul II touched all of mankind. He inspired the Catholics through his devotion, other Christian denominations through his sentiments of unity, the Jews through his reconciliation and the bereaved/displaced/suffering through his humility. Len Elikhis; Melbourne, Australia
bulletI am by no means religious, however the death of the pope still saddens me. Whether you believe or not, you cannot deny that this man has left a legacy that has affected the whole world in one way or another. An inspiration to do what you believe in for everyone! Yikidee; Gold Coast, Australia
bulletIt's like losing a family member. Truly one of the greatest persons of the last 100 years. From the fall of communism to his tireless love and work for the poor he truly will do down in history as John Paul The Great. Kris; Brisbane, Australia
bulletPope JP2 was a strong man who put religion into the world's dining room once again. More than a mere 'figurehead,' he worked for peace and against communism. Those who question his stance on contraception need to realize there must be a moral stance somewhere to curb promiscuity. The Church is responsible for morality, government is responsible when people stray from this. Adam Leibrandt; Cabramatta, Australia
bulletI am not the most of religious of people but I was deeply saddened by this tragic event. I believe the pope was an inspiration to all human kind for he was so pure; he had only love to give, something, sadly, you won't find in today's world. He struggled to make the world a better place even on his death bed, and I applaud him and his life, for he was one of a kind, a beauty. He is off in a better place now and we are grateful for that, for his legacy has left a positive mark around the world. Rest in peace. Cute Mutambara; Canberra, Australia
bulletAn incredible man who totally devoted his life to people. A modest, true shepherd who was like a light in the darkness in this rough world. He will never be forgotten by any of us, small, oppressed and suffering people. Zdenek Busek; Melbourne, Australia

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References used:

bullet"Pope John Paul II: Your e-mails: Australia," 2005-APR-03, CNN.com, at: http://www.cnn.com/

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