Pope John Paul II: Life, glory and the last days

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Pope John Paul II poses with a candle after receiving his First Communion in his home archidiocese of Krakow, Poland, in this undated file photograph

Pope John Paul II poses with a candle after receiving his First Communion in his home archidiocese of Krakow, Poland, in this undated file photograph. Roman Catholics around the world waited and prayed as Pope John Paul slid toward death on Saturday, after a 26-year reign that helped undermine Soviet communism and vigorously upheld long-standing Vatican doctrines. Reuters