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Putin Praises Pope

Sunday, 03 April 2005 12:00 AM

Former premier Mikhail Gorbachev, who presided over the Soviet Union's collapse, also praised the Pope, calling him "humanitarian number one on the planet."

In Cuba - a former Soviet client state - Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said, "We have always seen Pope John Paul II and will always see him as a friend who was concerned for the poor, who fought neo-liberalism and strove for peace."

In China, however, official spokesmen have been mum on the Pope's passing.

Beijing cut off ties with the Vatican shortly after the officially atheistic communist party took power in 1949.

Still, at Beijing's Southern Cathedral at Xuan Wu Men, believers gathered to sing hymns in memory of John Paul II.

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