Pope Speaks at Silver Jubilee Celebration Celebrations are in full swing at the Vatican, marking Pope John Paul II's 25th anniversary as leader of the Catholic Church. The pope told a huge crowd in St. Peter's Square that his declining health would not stop him from performing his duties. NPR's Michele Norris talks to John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.
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Pope Speaks at Silver Jubilee Celebration

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Pope Speaks at Silver Jubilee Celebration

Pope Speaks at Silver Jubilee Celebration

Pope Speaks at Silver Jubilee Celebration

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Celebrations are in full swing at the Vatican, marking Pope John Paul II's 25th anniversary as leader of the Catholic Church. The pope told a huge crowd in St. Peter's Square that his declining health would not stop him from performing his duties. NPR's Michele Norris talks to John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.