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President and First Lady Pray for Pope

Friday, 01 April 2005 12:00 AM

"The president and Mrs. Bush join people all across the world who are praying for the holy father," McClellan said. "He's in our thoughts and prayers at this time. The outpouring of love and concern from so many — including millions of Americans — is a testimony to his greatness."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the pope "a great moral figure, as well as religious figure."

Speaking to reporters, she said she thought the pontiff had "in some ways unparalleled impact through his great moral authority, through his willingness to speak out for people in need, through his willingness to speak out for freedom."

She called the pope "one of the most important actors" in the drama that played out across the world at the time communism collapsed.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington celebrated Mass, telling his parishioners that the pope was "sinking" and comparing him to St. Peter, one of Jesus Christ's apostles.

"For the American Catholic community he was an extraordinary gift because, in a certain sense, he was American," he said. "He enjoyed people, he had a good sense of humor, he was humble — all the things that America likes in its leaders."

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