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Wednesday, April 6, 2005


VATICAN CITY, APR 6, 2005 (VIS) - On Thursday April 7 at 9 p.m., the vigil of John Paul II's funeral, young people are invited to a prayer vigil at St. John Lateran Basilica, the cathedral church of the Holy Father, the bishop of Rome. Following the vigil a silent candelight procession, led by the cross of World Youth Day, will proceed through the streets of Rome to the Circus Maximus.

  All young people living in Rome and those who have come from throughout the world to pay their final respects to John Paul II  and attend the funeral are invited. Held on the theme "Be not afraid," the vigil will be presided over by Msgr. Giuseppe Betori, secretary general of the Italian Episcopal Conference. The prayers for John Paul II will commemorate the moments lived with him during World Youth Days, a celebration he established 20 years ago.

  St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Agnese in Piazza Navona will remain open until midnight on Thursday for pilgrims who wish to pray and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. That same evening there will also be a prayer vigil for young people at St. Agnese.
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VATICAN CITY, APR 6, 2005 (VIS) - According to a communique made public yesterday afternoon, on Friday April 8 for the funeral of John Paul II, the Vatican Museums will remain closed to the public. From Thursday April 7, to the end of the conclave, the Sistine Chapel will also be closed to the public. Furthermore, all guided tours of the Vatican Gardens are suspended.
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VATICAN CITY, APR 6, 2005 (VIS) - According to a communiqué released by the Italian Civil Protection Department, and by the local and police authorities of the city of Rome, from Monday evening to Tuesday evening, one million people passed through St Peter's Basilica to pay their homage to the mortal remains of John Paul II. At least 600,000 people are expected today. Every hour between 15,000 and 18,000 faithful file in front of the Holy Father's body.
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VATICAN CITY, APR 6, 2005 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin  Navarro-Valls gave a briefing early this afternoon on the fourth General Congregation of cardinals that was held this morning in the Vatican, during which he announced that the conclave to elect the successor of John Paul II will start the afternoon of Monday, April 18.

  He said that "the Fourth General Congregations of Cardinals was held this morning in the New Synod Hall in the Vatican,  beginning at 10 a.m.

  "There were 116 cardinals present, 31 of whom are newly arrived, who swore their prescribed oath. The number of  cardinals present in Rome at this moment is 122.

  "In today's general congregation the cardinals were informed of both the official delegations coming from throughout the world for the funeral of the Holy Father on Friday morning, and the delegations from diverse Christian denominations and from other religions.

  "The cardinals also considered several particular questions relative to the funeral Mass of the Holy Father and the celebrations of the 'novendiali', (nine official days of mourning with a Mass each day for the Holy Father) in particular for the 'cappelle papali' of Saturday, April 9, Tuesday, April 12 and Saturday, April 16.

  "Also taken into consideration was the request made by many parties to bring the remains of the Holy Father - on Friday, April 8, following the funeral Mass but before burial - to St. John Lateran Basilica to allow for veneration by the Roman faithful and others who were unable to come to St. Peter's Basilica. After attentively studying the matter it was concluded that this hypothesis was not technically possible. Therefore, as pre-announced, the burial in the Vatican Grottoes will take place immediately after the funeral Mass.

  "The Will of the Holy Father was read and it was decided to publish it in its entirety tomorrow in the original Polish language and in an Italian translation.

  "The date for the start of the conclave was set for Monday, April 18. In the morning there will be the votive Mass 'pro eligendo papa' in the Vatican Basilica. In early afternoon the cardinals will enter into conclave in the Sistine Chapel.

  "I can confirm that the Holy Father John Paul II, before his death, did not communicate the name of the cardinal reserved 'in pectore' in the consistory of October 2003. Therefore, this is no longer a question."

  Journalists asked if it would be possible for them to see the Sistine Chapel before the start of the conclave and Navarro-Valls responded by noting that, as there are 3,500 accredited journalists, this would be logistically impossible. He said that a video would be shown to them, featuring all the sites in the Vatican associated with a conclave.

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