Soka Gakkai International Expresses Condolences on Passing of Pope John Paul II



Tokyo, Apr 4, 2005: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II:

"The passing of Pope John Paul II is an occasion of great sadness for all who have admired and been inspired by his profound commitment to peace. 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. His contributions to the cause of peace will live on as a precious legacy to all humankind. We join people of goodwill throughout the world in mourning the loss of this great man."

Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya visited the Vatican Embassy in Tokyo today to formally express his condolences.

Soka Gakkai International is a lay Buddhist association with 12 million members in 190 countries and territories. Its activities to promote peace, culture, education and interfaith dialogue are based on the longstanding traditions of Buddhist humanism.

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