Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the President
of the Inkatha Freedom Party, today paid tribute to His
Holiness, John Paul II, describing the late Holy See as a
"giant symbol of light and hope in a fragmented and often
Buthelezi, recalling his two encounters
with the Holy See, said that that the Pope left an indelible
impression that the servant heart of Christ beat within him.
"John Paul II led the Roman Catholic
Church with the servant heart nature of Christ and in a fast
changing world, the Wisdom of Solomon.
"He was a visionary whose role in
defeating Communism and ending the Cold War was