Published 2 April 2005

The Queen has conveyed to the Holy See her deep sorrow on receiving the news of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Her Majesty remembers the untiring efforts of Pope John Paul II in promoting peace and goodwill throughout the world.

The Queen also remembers well the work of Pope John Paul II for Christian unity, including closer ties between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches and, in particular, His Holiness's visit to Britain in 1982 - the first ever Papal visit.