NEWS STORY: Ailing Pope to Quietly Celebrate 26th Anniversary

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c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II, the second longest-serving pontiff in the recorded history of the Catholic Church, marks the 26th anniversary of his election on Saturday (Oct. 16) with no intention of retiring despite his increasing frailty. According to Vatican records, John Paul has reigned longer than any […]

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