SALT LAKE CITY — Following the death of Pope John Paul II, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement:

“We join those throughout the world who mourn the passing of Pope John Paul II, an extraordinary man of faith, vision, and intellect, whose courageous actions have touched the world in ways that will be felt for generations to come.

“The Pope’s voice remained firm in defense of freedom, family, and Christianity.  On matters of principle and morality, he was uncompromising.  On his compassion for the world’s poor, he has been unwavering.”