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In April of 2005, cardinals from around the world flew to Rome to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II, who had died on April 2. As they arrived, they found the pontiff’s body lying in state inside St. Peter’s Basilica—something completely expected. They also found major news networks from around the world carrying twenty-four-hour live coverage of the events for several days. Again, this was no surprise.
The real surprise came when they arrived at Vatican City to find more than five million people lined up to view John Paul’s body. The...
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