Leaders and people of Bangladesh are expressing sadness at the death of Pope John Paul, the Second.
President Professor Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in separate messages expressed their condolences at the death of Pope John Paul the Second. In their messages they called him a champion of liberty and freedom.
Different religious and cultural organizations are also expressing deep sorrow.
Pope John Paul visited Bangladesh in 1986.