Friday, April 8

"STANDING TODAY AT THE WINDOW OF THE FATHER'S HOUSE"

Pope John Paul II, as were his express wishes, was buried "in the bare earth" at 8:20 am EDT this morning (2:20 pm in Rome) in the grotto under St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. His remains will be in close proximity to those of St. Peter, the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, said the funeral Mass and delivered the homily: "We can be sure that our beloved pope is standing at the window of the Father's house, that he sees us and blesses us."

Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.

His was the most attended, most watched funeral in this history of mankind.