U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) made the following statement today on the death of Pope John Paul II:

“The world has lost a visionary leader with the passing of Pope John Paul II. He was a man who possessed empathy for people around the world and whose diplomatic efforts helped bring about the end of the Cold War. He will be remembered as a man who led efforts to help the poor in numerous nations and on all continents and was an inspiration to us all. I join with my fellow Americans in this time of sorrow in remembering a man of compassion and integrity.”