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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

24-Hour Wait to See Pope's Body

From the Associated Press:

"Overwhelmed Italian officials said they will cut off the line of pilgrims hoping to see Pope John Paul II's body at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday evening as a massive line snaked down a wide boulevard, through ancient alleyways and onto a bridge.

People face a 24-hour wait as things stand, said Luca Spoletini, a spokesman for the Civil Defense department. Officials will block off the line starting at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, and maybe even earlier, he said.

'It's possible there are 1 million people out there," he said. "They are all concentrated outside St. Peter's ... We are all working to ensure maximum tranquility.'"

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