CONCERNING THE LIFE AND DEATH
OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Pope John Paul II, (1920 - 2005) died on 2005-APR-02 at 9:37 PM (2:37
PM EST) in his private apartment in Rome at the age of 84. He held the office
for 26 years. Only one other pope in history served for a longer interval.
Pope John Paul II suffered for about a decade from the
ravages of Parkinson's disease. Two of the intimate group who were at
John Paul II's bedside when he died say that his final word was "amen" (may it
Over two million people viewed his body as it laid
in state in St. Peter's Basilica. His funeral was held on 2005-APR-8. It was
attended by over 200 world leaders. He was buried in the crypt under St.
Peter's Basilica, which is now open to visitors.
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Originally posted: 2005-APR-04
Latest update: 2005-APR-20