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Pope John Paul II, one of the longest serving pontiffs in history, has died at the age of 84. He died on Saturday evening following a series of worsening health problems including heart failure.
The Polish-born Karol Wojtyla became Pope in 1978, taking a conservative stand on issues such as abortion, contraception and women's rights.
He was the most widely travelled pontiff and visited more than 120 countries during his 26-year papacy.
Pope John Paul II died at 2137 local time (1937 GMT) after suffering from heart and kidney problems and unstable blood pressure.
His condition deteriorated suddenly on Thursday night with a high fever caused by an infection of the urinary tract. The infection brought on "septic shock and a cardio-circulatory collapse", the Vatican said in a statement. The Pope then received the Saint Viaticum, a Catholic rite for the sick and dying.
The Vatican had announced on Friday that though he was gravely ill he had been conscious, lucid and serene.
Millions of Catholics across the world gathered in churches and in the open air to pray for the Pope. Full story...
Source : BBC News