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Pope John Paul II: A Final Farewell

Pilgrims pray
Pilgrims from Poland pray outside Saint Peter’s Square just before midnight waiting for the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
Crowd
People sit in their sleeping bags amidst a crowd of pilgrims near Vatican City in the early hours of Friday in Rome. (Giulia Muir / EPA)
Night
Faithful spend the night in a church near Saint Peter’s Square while waiting for the funeral of Pope John Paul II. An estimated two million faithful have filed past the pope’s bier in St. Peter’s Basilica since the pope’s body went on public view Monday and before its towering bronze doors were closed late Thursday. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
Candles
Nuns hold candles during a vigil to commemorate late Pope Paul II in Rome. (Martina Cristofani / EPA)
Sunrise
The sun rises over Rome with sculptures in the Vatican City in the foreground, where the funeral of Pope John Paul II will take place later. (Lefteris Pitarakis / AP)
Nun
A nun with binoculars and her fellow sister look at pilgrims as they begin to fill St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)
Nuns
Nuns read the bible as they wait with millions of faithful along Via della Conciliazione that leads towards Saint Peter’s Square for the funeral Pope John Paul II to start. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
Bible
A nun reads the bible as she waits with millions of faithful along Via della Conciliazione that leads towards Saint Peter’s Square. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
Flags
Pilgrims hold national flags, many of them Polish, as thousands of people pour into Saint Peter’s Square. (Claudio Peri / EPA)
Alter
Nuns prepare the altar on the steps of Saint Peter’s Basilica for the funeral ceremony of Pope Paul II in Rome. (Giuseppe Giglia / EPA)
Faithful
Millions of faithful wait in line along Via della Conciliazione that leads towards Saint Peter’s Square. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
St. Peter’s Square
Pilgrims begin to fill St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican where the funeral of Pope John Paul II is to take place. Royalty, political power brokers and multitudes of the faithful will pay their last respects to the pope at a funeral promising to be one of the largest Western religious gatherings of modern times. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)
St. Peter’s Square
General view shows St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City before the start of Pope John Paul II’s funeral. (Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images)
Dignitaries
Dignitaries from around the world arrive for the funeral of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Cardinals under the age of 80 will start the conclave on April 18 where a new Pope will be elected. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Welcome
Bishop James Harvey (R) welcomes Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse (C) of Sri Lanka before the funeral of Pope John Paul II. (Vincento Pinto / AFP / Getty Images)
Square
General view shows the crowd gathering at St Peter’s Square before the start of Pope John Paul II’s funeral. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP / Getty Images)
Casket
The wooden casket bearing the remains of Pope John Paul II is carried into St. Peter’s Square at the start of the funeral Mass at the Vatican. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
Pallbearers
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Pope John Paul II. (Luca Bruno / AP)
Requiem
Cardinal make the sign of the cross before the coffin holding the body of the late Pope John Paul II as the requiem mass for the Pontiff begins. World dignitaries sit at right. (Jim Hollander / EPA)
George W. Bush
U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush sit with French President Jacques Chirac, center left, and his wife Bernadette. (Andrew Medichini / AP)
Coffin
The coffin of Pope John Paul II outside Saint Peter’s Basilica sits in front of dignitaries during the funeral ceremony of the pontiff. The approximately three-hours-long ceremony was being broadcast live around the world. (Olivier Hoslet / EPA)
Priests
Priests walk by the wooden casket containing the body of Pope John Paul II. (Pier Paolo Cito / AP)
Funeral
German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, center of the altar, celebrates the funeral service. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)
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