Source: The Washington Times
Wire Service: AP
On April 5, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Prayers in Hebrew and Arabic mingled with Buddhist and Greek Orthodox funeral chants in the city's flagship cathedral Tuesday as leaders from nearly a dozen religious faiths paid tribute to Pope John Paul II. As organ music swelled, a line of Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Greek Orthodox and evangelical Christian leaders marched into the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and filed past a poster-sized photo of John Paul before taking a seat behind an altar still surrounded by Easter lilies. One after another, the representatives of Southern California's diverse faiths hailed the pontiff as one of the world's greatest spiritual leaders who dared to bridge age-old religious rifts. They also remembered his humanity and personal warmth."