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Last Updated: Friday April 08 2005 19:29 GMT

Pope buried in Rome after funeral

The Pope's coffin is carried at his funeral
Pope John Paul II has been buried in St Peter's Basilica in Rome after a huge funeral watched by millions.

Tens of thousands of people were in the Italian capital for the service, while millions of people watched the Mass on televisions around the world.

Afterwards Pope John Paul II's coffin was taken below the church and buried near the resting place of St Peter.

Security in Rome was very tight for the funeral, with 200 world and religious leaders there to pay their respects.

Around 10,000 police and army officers were on duty, and many roads near the Vatican were closed. Planes were also banned from flying over the area.

Among those attending the service were UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, US President George W Bush, French President Jacques Chirac and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who leads the world's largest Catholic country.

In the UK the election campaign was put on hold as a sign of respect for the Pontiff.

Millions to watch on TV

People camping outside the Basilica
People camping outside the Basilica
Around 250,000 people were allowed into St Peter's square, while big screens were set up in Trafalgar Square in London, where people could watch the service.

Some primary schools also watched the funeral in their classrooms.

Elsewhere in Poland, where the Pope is from, almost everyone was given the day off work.

Theatres, banks and supermarkets were closed, and even rival football supporters said they would end their feuds.

The Sacred College of Cardinals will begin the process to elect the Pope's successor on 18 April.



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