Death of Pope John Paul II

May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005
Vatican City | Age 84

The Pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City dies at 84
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Pope John Paul II, who helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for 26 years, died on Saturday night in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against debilitating illness. He was 84.

"The angels welcome you," Vatican TV said after the announcement came from papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

"The Holy Father, John Paul II, died at 9:37 p.m. (1937GMT) in his private apartment. All procedures foreseen in...

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