Official Statement on the Death of Pope John Paul Ll


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

Attribute to Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli, Chairman, National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) 

On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), we join the world in mourning the loss of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II was admired and respected by people of all cultures, religions and nations. He was a tireless champion of the oppressed, the powerless and the disadvantaged across the globe.

His unique leadership and inspiration will be missed. We are deeply saddened by the death of a man who was loved by so many and who served as a role model to millions of people.

Washington, DC
April 4, 2005

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