Overflow Crowds Watch Pope's Funeral in Ancient Arena Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who flooded into the Italian capital to watch the funeral of Pope John Paul II were unable to squeeze into St. Peter's Square. Many went to ancient Rome's Circus Maximus instead, watching the ceremony on giant TV screens.
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Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who flooded into the Italian capital to watch the funeral of Pope John Paul II were unable to squeeze into St. Peter's Square. Many went to ancient Rome's Circus Maximus instead, watching the ceremony on giant TV screens.

Mourners for Pope John Paul II at Rome's ancient racetrack, the Circus Maximus. Emily Harris, NPR hide caption

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