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The President of the Republic sent a letter of condolences to Vatican

President Arnold Rüütel today sent a letter of condolences to Vatican to His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

The letter of condolences runs: "It was with deepest sorrow and grief that I learned the passing of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II was the symbol of compassion and humanity. His influence stretched beyond the borders of religions, and political beliefs.

As a great humanist and protector of morality, Pope John Paul II dedicated his whole life to the spiritual liberation, the moral self-betterment and the development of toleration among mankind. This dedication was apparent. He was able to present moral values in a simple and understandable way, which helped people, in an ever more complicated world, to stay themselves and to prosper. His message of peace and love found resonance and gave hope to many around the world.

In mourning Pope John Paul II, we will vibrantly remember his visit to Estonia in 1993. His blessing on our country will accompany us forever.

Allow me personally and on behalf of the people of Estonia to express our deepest condolences to you and to Catholics all over the world. We are with you in your grief."

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, April 2, 2005

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