Resplendent in crimson and white robes,
the Pope left his Apostolic Palace for the last time
on Monday, carried aloft on a red velvet litter
through the Vatican's frescoed hallways,
into a packed St. Peter's Square
and onto the vast basilica.
Taken to Lie in State in St. Peter's
Mon Apr 4, 2005
01:41 PM ET
By Philip Pullella and Jane Barrett
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pall bearers,
cardinals and monks took Pope John Paul on one last trip from
his palace on Monday, escorting his
body to St. Peter's Basilica, the church
that was his for 26 years and will be his burial place.
As the Polish Pope's fully robed body, the hands clasped across the chest, emerged into the sunlit square, crowds waiting to file past it applauded in a traditional Italian sign of respect for the dead.
On the threshold of the basilica, the 12 ushers who had been carrying the body feet first, turned it around for a minute so the Pope could face the square where he had presided over thousands of general audiences and Masses for a last time.
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