Rome Braces for Millions of Mourners Italian authorities are preparing for logistical headaches created by the sheer number of people arriving to view Pope John Paul II's body in Rome. The turnout could surpass 2.5 million, rivaling the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
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Rome Braces for Millions of Mourners

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Rome Braces for Millions of Mourners

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Italian authorities are preparing for logistical headaches created by the sheer number of people arriving to view Pope John Paul II's body in Rome. The turnout could surpass 2.5 million, rivaling the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

Bottles of drinking water are distributed to people in line to view the body of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, April 6, 2005. Reuters hide caption

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