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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Sunday Morning Update

Pope John Paul II's body is lying in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace today so that dignitaries may pay their respects. It will be moved to the Sala Bologna at St. Peter's Basilica tomorrow where it will lie in state (viewing open to the public) until the funeral (no official word yet -- but should be Wednesday, Thursday or Friday). It is expected that the Pope will be buried below St. Peter's. The city of Rome is in official mourning for three days, the Vatican for nine days. President Bush ordered American flags at all federal buildings and facilities to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of the pope's interment. Bush is expected to attend the Pope's funeral.


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