Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Over 500,000 people came to pay their respects to Pope John Paul II during the first night of viewing in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Pope lies in state near the Altar of Confession, where he was placed on Monday at 5pm after being carried in procession from the Clementine Hall.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Italian officials in Rome are making emergency plans to accommodate the more than two million people and two hundred heads of state expected to attend John Paul II’s funeral Mass on Friday.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano called the presence of large numbers of young people in St. Peter’s Square gathered to pray for the Pope during his final hours a “spontaneous World Youth Day.”
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Poles are making their way to Rome to attend the funeral mass of their most well-known and well-loved native son. Many among them are youth, who are willing to sleep just about anywhere to have a chance to pay tribute to the only Pope they ever knew.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush will lead a U.S. delegation to Vatican City for the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II. He will leave Wednesday with first lady Laura Bush and three other delegates, whose names have not yet been announced.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Leaders from across Latin America are praising the legacy and work of Pope John Paul II in the region and expressing gratitude for the fruits of his labors in each country.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “If Evangelicals, like me, could have claimed a Pope as our own, he would have been John Paul II,” said Rev. Rob Schenck, a past board member and minister of the Evangelical Church Alliance.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The National Right to Life in Washington D.C. recently added its voice to the millions worldwide in praising Pope John Paul II as “an unfaltering voice for the unborn, the disabled and the elderly and was a strong defender of the right to life.”
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Citizens of Kansas are headed to the polls today to vote on a state constitutional amendment that would protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) expects the amendment to get a majority vote.
Apr 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A hotly contested, but long held ban on religiously themed floats in a Denver Christmas parade was lifted this week allowing participating Christian groups to publicly recognize Christmas as the birth of Christ.