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In pictures: Prayers for the Pope
Crowds at St Peter's Square on 2 April
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Large crowds have converged on St Peter's Square anxiously awaiting news about Pope John Paul II.
Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls addresses journalists
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The Catholic world is hanging on every word of the Vatican's spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls.
Swiss Guards at the Vatican's Bronze Door
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The Vatican's Bronze Door remains open for now - its sudden closure traditionally marks the death of a pontiff.
Catholics with pictures of the Pope in the Philippines
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Worshippers across the globe are praying, aware that any service could turn into a requiem for the Holy Father.
Nun in the Vatican
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This nun was among the crowds at a vigil on Friday night at the Vatican.
Vatican
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Some spend the nights under the Pope's apartment in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.
Wadowice, Poland
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In the Pope's birthplace of Wadowice, Poland, churchgoers are praying for the town's most famous son.
A woman prays at St Mary's Pro Cathedral in Dublin
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This young Irishwoman prayed for the pontiff at a special mass in Dublin.
Ivorian Catholics in Abidjan
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These Catholics prayed at Abidjan's Saint Paul cathedral in Ivory Coast.
Nicaraguan worshippers
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Nicaragua, like other strongly Catholic states in Latin America, has seen special services.
Indonesia
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Church services were also held among Indonesia's Christian community.
Los Angeles
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This man was kneeling before a shrine in Los Angeles, California.




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