Friday, April 08, 2005


Just in case, I am posting photos related to the Pope's death and burial (scheduled this Friday 800 GMT) courtesy of CNN International for those of you readers who are too busy to glue in to cable television or have no constant internet access. These are arranged by date (Rome time; Manila is 6 hours advance), and will be updated as new photos come in. At any rate, I have provided a direct link to the site on my Links sidebar.

UPDATE ON THIS BLOG: it's time to move on. I am now erasing some photos here but I'd be leaving some important ones to remember this day. God bless everyone! Thanks for taking time to visit! - Dylan
Saturday (April 2)

A crowd fills St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Saturday, April 2, 2005, to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II.

A priest carries a Polish flag with a black ribbon. Born in Poland, Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pontiff elected in 455 years (Dyls: The first was Pope St Gelasius I)

Melted wax fills the cracks between cobblestones in St. Peter's Square as burning candles surround a photo of Pope John Paul II.

A man plays guitar while singing in St. Peter's Square after the pope's death.

The faithful gathered outside the papal residence react to the announcement of the pope’s death.

A nun comforts a woman crying in St. Peter's Square after the pope's death was announced.

Sunday (April 3)

Bishops and archbishops (in violet caps) and cardinals (in red) view the body of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican on Sunday.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends Mass Sunday in St. Peter's Square as a member of the Swiss Guard stands by.

An image of Pope John Paul II appears on a giant screen in St. Peter's Square during the Mass. Pope John Paul II used technology and the media to communicate his message -- under his reign the Vatican started using satellite transmissions and videocassettes.

Tens of thousands of people crowd St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a Sunday morning Mass honoring Pope John Paul II, who died Saturday night. Nine days of official mourning -- called Novendiales -- follow the death of a pope.
Monday (April 4)

A woman writes a prayer for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square after a procession carried the pontiff's body into the basilica.

The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state Monday at St. Peter's Basilica after being carried in a procession from the Apostolic Palace where it had been since Sunday. John Paul II's funeral will be held Friday morning. His remains will be interred in the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica where popes throughout the ages have been laid to rest

Thousands gather in St. Peter's Square to watch the procession as the pope's body is carried to St. Peter's Basilica for public viewing.

A woman prays in St. Peter's Square as Pope John Paul II's body is carried in a procession.

Observers wave Polish flags as the body of Pope John Paul II is carried through St. Peter's Square.

A boy cries as he watches the procession

Worshippers react as Pope John Paul II's body passes during the procession.
Tuesday (April 5)

A long line forms in St. Peter's Basilica as people wait Tuesday to bid farewell to the pope.

Thousands of mourners wait in line to pay their final respects to the pope Tuesday in St. Peter's Square.

Youths carry a banner reading "Thanks Papa" as they wait in St. Peter's Square to see the pope's body Tuesday.

Mourners make their way through St. Peter's Basilica to say goodbye to Pope John Paul II Tuesday.

Wednesday (April 6)

A nun looks at postcards of Pope John Paul II in a souvenir shop in Rome.

One person holds a poster of the pope aloft in the throngs of pilgrims heading toward St. Peter's Square.

A street vendor sells the paper Il Messaggero with the headline "The pope of everybody" near St. Peter's Square.

Polish pilgrims wave their national flag as they wait to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Poland's foreign ministry predicted that some 2 million Poles would make the trip to Rome in honor of John Paul II, the first Polish pope.
Thursday (April 7)

Pilgrims in sleeping bags rise early in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Thousands of the faithful continued to wait in line on the last day of public viewing for Pope John Paul II.

People sleep on a bench in Rome. Some 5 million people were expected to visit Rome in the days surrounding the pope's funeral, straining the Italian city's resources.

A man looks over magazine covers bearing images of the pope at a corner newsstand in Rome.

A woman lights candles at a memorial on the Via della Conciliazione as she waits for the line to St. Peter's Basilica to reopen. Vatican officials reopened the lines to ensure that everyone already in the queue would be able to pass by Pope John Paul II's body.

A woman holds a picture of the pope while waiting in the line to St. Peter's Basilica.

Young pilgrims carry a cross and sing as they wait to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.

A nun passes police officers sweeping the area outside St. Peter's Square. Security has been tightened in anticipation of the dignitaries attending the pope's funeral as well as the millions of faithful who have flocked to Rome.

Nuns trained as nurses stand by with wheelchairs to assist elderly and disabled pilgrims.
Friday (April 8, Funeral)

Farewell, Holy Father! Requiescat in pace.

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