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April 8, 2005

Poor and Powerful Mourn Pope at Emotional Funeral

Topics: Faith

In what is certainly to be called history's largest funeral, with police sources having estimated that around 300,000 people managed to get to the Vatican area Friday -  only a fraction of the millions of faithful who had queued for hours earlier in the week to file past the Pope's body as it lay in state.  Hundreds of thousands of others watched the funeral on huge television screens set up around Rome and millions more watched on TV sets around the world.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The poor and powerful joined in a final farewell to Pope John Paul Friday at a momentous Vatican funeral watched by tens of millions of people across the world.

(...)  "Santo subito" (Make him a saint immediately), the crowds chanted in Italian, holding up the Mass for more than 5 minutes in an outpouring of emotion for a giant of the 20th century who ruled his Church for more than 26 years.

(...) To the sound of choirs singing in Latin, the tolling of a giant bell and a seemingly endless wave of applause, 12 pall bearers carried away John Paul's simple wood coffin from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica to end the open-air Mass.

(...) After being encased in two other caskets, the coffin was then buried underground in a crypt beneath the vaulted basilica, close to the resting place of St. Peter, the Church's first pope.

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Other coverage:
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Sainthood call interrupts funeral
Pope dubbed 'priest to last'
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Ratzinger hails Pope in homily
Cardinals set date for secret conclave

Posted by Hyscience at April 8, 2005 10:12 AM

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