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Pope's Funeral Draws Historic Crowd

The largest funeral in modern history takes place in Rome on a windy, cool morning. Friday's funeral for Pope John Paul II begins nine days of mourning for one of the Catholic Church's longest-serving pontiffs.

The homily was delivered by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, one of the pope's closest friends and advisers.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.