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Prayers at the Vatican as a Pope Passes

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Prayers at the Vatican as a Pope Passes

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Prayers at the Vatican as a Pope Passes

Prayers at the Vatican as a Pope Passes

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Pope John Paul II dies in Rome at 84 after a long and visible struggle with Parkinson's disease and other ailments. The pope's death was announced at the Vatican. Outside, thousands had gathered for days to pray for the pontiff, and the crowd grew as news of the pope's death spread.

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