Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, shepherd of the Catholic Church for 26 years, was laid to rest this morning in the presence of presidents, kings, church leaders from all denominations, and faithful from around the globe.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an article published in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Vatican analyst Luigi Acattoli pointed out that contrary to media reports, Pope John Paul II never considered resigning.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Four million pilgrims, more than double the number expected, descended on Rome Friday for the Funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II, with the largest delegation coming from the Pope’s homeland of Poland.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world spent the night outside St. Peter’s Basilica near the walls that surround Vatican City in anticipation of the Funeral Mass for John Paul II. Elsewhere more than five thousand spent the night at Tor Vergata and at other facilities set aside by Italian authorities. A large portion of those who arrived came from the Pope’s own homeland of Poland.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On the eve of Pope John Paul II’s funeral, 1,200 young people packed Montreal’s cathedral-basilica for a two-hour celebration of remembrance and thanksgiving for the life of their beloved pontiff.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Democratic senators have blocked the nomination of a commissioner to the Food and Drug Administration because the FDA has not yet decided whether to allow non-prescription sales of the morning-after pill, also known as Plan B.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- One of two Japanese cardinals said he hopes the new Pope will be similar to Pope John Paul II.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Weigand of Sacramento is recovering after a liver transplant April 1 at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Doctors say his condition is fair and his recovery is progressing normally.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The results of a recent poll, which accurately described Terri Schiavo’s health condition, demonstrate that 80 percent of Americans are opposed to the removal of food and water from disabled people.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Police arrested an associate of the rancher charged in the killing of an American nun, who had dedicated 23 years to protecting the poor who live in the Amazon rain forest and the environment, reported The Associated Press.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Despite potential danger, several hundred people gathered at St. Joseph's Chaldean Church in Baghdad yesterday for a special memorial mass for Pope John Paul II.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Church leaders in Washington state are hoping that the recent surge in church attendance, related to the death of Pope John Paul II, will create a renewed interest in religion among lapsed Catholics.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Site of the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II, the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona is joining millions worldwide in mourning the death of the Holy Father.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Below is the English translation of the homily, delivered in Italian by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, at the funeral Mass for the Holy Father John Paul II, held in St Peter's Square this morning.
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II followed the call of Christ up until his last day and traveled “everywhere, untiringly, in order to bear fruit that lasts.”