NEWS STORY: Pope John Paul II, Leader of World’s 1 Billion Roman Catholics, Is Dead at 84

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c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ John Paul II, the Polish-born pope whose strong-willed activist papacy helped unravel the Soviet Union and redefined the office's relationship to the world as he led the billion-member Catholic Church, died Saturday (April 2) at the age of 84. John Paul's death ended a pontificate of more […]

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