Various religions in the Bronx mourning the loss of Pope John Paul II

As the Catholic Church prepares for the funeral of their leader, Pope John Paul II, members of other religions in the Bronx say they are mourning the loss of the pope as well.

The 84-year-old pontiff has been in the prayers of many faiths around the borough this week. Some Hindus say the pope brought their religion to the forefront and they respect Christian leaders as their own. In Riverdale, Rabbi Steven Burton says he will devote his teaching Saturday to the life and legacy of the pope. Burton adds that the pope helped smooth relations between the Christians and Jewish people.

Religious leaders around the Bronx say that no matter what faith people believe in, the pope?s influence touched every part of the globe.

Meanwhile, Pope John Paul II?s body lays in state at St. Peter?s Basilica in Rome. The pope?s funeral is scheduled for Friday. The College of Cardinals will start the conclave to elect another pope on April 18.

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