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Last Updated: Monday, 3 April 2006, 00:04 GMT 01:04 UK
In pictures: John Paul II remembered

Catholics in Minsk, Belarus

Catholics around the world, as here in Minsk, Belarus, have celebrated special Masses to mark the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

People lay flowers and light candles at a Warsaw church

In churches across Poland, John Paul's native country, there have been special services and events to mark the first anniversary of his death.

St Peter's Square at the Vatican

Crowds gathered in St Peter's Square at the Vatican to hear an address by successor Pope Benedict XVI.

Polish pilgrims holding a picture of John Paul on St Peter square at the Vatican

Pilgrims have travelled to Vatican City from all over the world and have shown their devotion in various ways.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict said John Paul II had "died as he always lived, animated by the indomitable courage of faith".

Pilgrims waving the flag of Poland in St Peter's Square

Polish pilgrims carried Poland's national flag as a reminder of the late Pope's origins.

Polish pilgrims hold a vigil in London

Some 2,000 Polish pilgrims paid their tributes to John Paul in the heart of London.

Nun Sister Salvina at a mass in John Paul's home town of Wadowice in southern Poland

Thousands of people travelled to John Paul's home town of Wadowice near Krakow in southern Poland for a special mass and other events.

Ceremony in Lagiewniki, Krakow, southern Poland

Girls in traditional dress in Lagiewniki, Krakow, pray for the swift beatification of John Paul II.

Vigil in St Peter's Square

Thousands of pilgrims gathered for an evening candlelit vigil which marked the exact moment of Pope John Paul II's death a year ago.


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