Apr 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sincere gratitude was expressed by the Vatican to the Italian government and to the city of Rome for the “dedication and efficiency” with which they welcomed the more than two million pilgrims who came to the Italian capitol to bid farewell to Pope John Paul II.
Apr 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Stamp collectors delight. The Vatican announced that a special series of stamps for the vacant see would be issued April 12.
Apr 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During this time Christians must focus on prayer and not be caught up with curiosity about who will be the next Pope, said Camillo Cardinal Ruini.
Apr 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two cardinals, eligible to vote for the next supreme leader of the Roman Catholic Church, have communicated to the Vatican that they cannot attend the conclave for reasons of health.
Apr 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After celebrating Pope John Paul II’s funeral mass Friday, the cardinals have begun “a more intense period of silence and prayer” in preparation for the conclave, and they have “unanimously decided” to avoid media interviews.
Apr 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The start of the beatification process for Pope John Paul II is entirely up to the new Pope, said Vatican Press Office director Joaquin Navarro-Valls at an April 9 press conference.