Back to listApr 4, 2005

SGI Issues Statement Regarding Death of Pope John Paul II

On April 4, SGI issued a statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II. The statement describes his passing "an occasion of great sadness" and says that "in a world torn by violence and mistrust, his courageous endeavors to promote dialogue, tirelessly reaching out to people of different faith traditions and building bridges of understanding, are of profound and enduring value."

Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya visited the Vatican Embassy in Tokyo on the same day to express his condolences. [Press Release]