April 8, 2005 saw the largest funeral in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope John Paul II, the much revered and loved spiritual leader of millions across the globe, is taking his final journey.
Rome was ready with the gigantic preparations for his funeral.
More than 2 million people and scores of dignitaries attended an open-air funeral Mass in St Peter's Square from all over the world.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims spent the night on the streets so that they would be able to witness the funeral, choking all roads to St Peter's Basilica.
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