Pope Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Priests in Wadowice, Poland, pray as an image of Pope John Paul II looms behind them.

An image of Pope John Paul II looms over priests in Wadowice, Poland. Reuters hide caption

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Pope John Paul II marks his 25th year as the head of the Roman Catholic Church and its 900 million faithful. The ailing pontiff, now 83, has indicated that ill health will not prompt him to give up his office. His tenure as pope is third-longest in church history.

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