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4/7/05

Police Re-Open Line To View John Paul's Body

Less than a day after closing it down, police have reopened the line to St. Peter's Basilica, giving the faithful a final chance to pay respects to Pope John Paul.

Authorities had closed the line last night. They also closed the basilica for a few hours for cleaning. By the time the basilica and line reopened this morning, many who had waited hours to get in had given up and left.

Officials say today's line is moving quicker, with the wait dramatically shortened. But they announced that the basilica doors would be shut at 10 p-m, making it likely that the line would be closed again later in the day.

Thousands of Poles in line held aloft red-and-white Polish flags. Some two (m) million Poles are traveling from John Paul's native country to pay tribute to the man credited with helping to end communism in Poland and unite Europe.

The Vatican also has announced the series of Masses that will be celebrated during the nine days of mourning that begin tomorrow with the pope's funeral. Among the prelates celebrating the Masses is Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston amid the sex abuse scandal and now heads one of the most important churches in Rome.

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