Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz kisses the coffin of Pope John Paul II
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Pope John Paul II's coffin exhumed ahead of beatification

The Vatican has removed Pope John Paul II's coffin from its crypt in St Peter's Basilica ahead of his beatification on Sunday.

The wooden coffin is to be placed for the ceremony near St Peter's tomb, up in the basilica, after which it will be interred in a new crypt under an altar.

  • 29 Apr 2011
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