THOUSANDS VISIT TOMB OF JOHN PAUL II

VATICAN CITY, Vatican, April 13 (CNA) - Early this morning, the Vatican reopened the grottoes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time since the death of Pope John Paul II.

Thousands of pilgrims lined up as early as 4 a.m. to enter the grottoes and pay their respects at the pope’s simple white, marble tomb.

Last night, before the tomb was opened to the public, many of the cardinals who will enter the conclave to elect John Paul’s successor on Monday, spent time in prayer before the grave.

Many faithful came bearing rosaries, holy medals and flowers, which ushers touched to the tomb for them.

The tomb itself sits in an alcove to the side of the main altar of the central nave, just a short distance from the tomb of St. Peter—the Church’s first pope.

A slab of white marble marks the Holy Father’s resting place marked with IONNES PAULUS PPII, and the dates of his 26-year long pontificate written in Roman numerals: 16 X, 1978-2 IV, 2005.

Behind the tomb are a lily and a red candle which burns beneath a painting of the Virgin Mary.
 

PAPAL APARTMENTS CLOSED WITH SEAL OF APOSTOLIC CAMERA

FAITHFUL MAY VISIT JOHN PAUL'S GRAVE STARTING APRIL 13

HOMILY OF THE FUNERAL MASS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

MILLIONS, INCLUDING 200 HEADS OF STATE, ATTEND POPE'S FUNERAL

SCHEDULE FOR NOVENDIALI, NINE DAYS OF MOURNING FOR POPE

CONCLAVE TO START AFTERNOON OF APRIL 18

THE FINAL DAYS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

PAPAL FUNERAL WILL FOLLOW ANCIENT, UNIQUE RITE

POPE JOHN PAUL II'S FUNERAL IS ON FRIDAY

POPE DIES ON VIGIL OF DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

POPE JOHN PAUL LEFT MESSAGE FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

POPE'S MESSAGE REMAINS ENGRAVED IN PEOPLES HEARTS

POPE JOHN PAUL II HAS DIED

POPE JOHN PAUL II RECEIVES ETERNAL REWARD


 

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