Statement from Governor Bob Riley

Governor Bob Riley released the following statement following the death of Pope John Paul II:

Pope John Paul II was inspirational to millions of Americans,
Catholic and non-Catholic alike, because he was a man of obvious
integrity and compassion and because he had an abiding love of
freedom. His partnership with President Reagan to free those
enslaved by communism in eastern Europe and the former Soviet
Union was a turning point in the Cold War.