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Friday, December 9, 2016
Pope's body lies in state
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 Pope John Paul II's body arrived in St Peter's Bascilica this afternoon, where it is to lie in state until his funeral on Friday morning. And this evening the first of thousands of pilgrims began filing past his body to pay their last respects to a Pontiff whose death has garnered tributes from all cultures and creeds. Up to two million people are expected to move through the bascilica in the next four days. And a similar number is expected at the funeral where they will be joined by 22 heads of state from around the world. The Vatican Information Service also announced today that the Pope will be buried in Rome and not, as many had speculated, in his Polish homeland.
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