Pope's Funeral Draws Historic Crowd The largest funeral in modern history takes place in Rome on a windy, cool morning. The funeral for Pope John Paul II begins nine days of mourning for one of the Catholic Church's longest-serving pontiffs. The homily was delivered by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, one of the pope's closest friends and advisers.
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Pope's Funeral Draws Historic Crowd

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Pope's Funeral Draws Historic Crowd

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Pope's Funeral Draws Historic Crowd

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger sprinkles the coffin of Pope John Paul II with holy water during the pontiff's funeral at the Vatican, April 8, 2005. Reuters hide caption

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger sprinkles the coffin of Pope John Paul II with holy water during the pontiff's funeral at the Vatican, April 8, 2005.

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The largest funeral in modern history takes place in Rome on a windy, cool morning. Friday's funeral for Pope John Paul II begins nine days of mourning for one of the Catholic Church's longest-serving pontiffs.

The homily was delivered by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, one of the pope's closest friends and advisers.

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