Pope John Paul is dead
Pope John Paul has died at age 84. The Vatican announced the pope's death in an e-mail. The e-mail said, quoting here, "the Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. in his private apartment."
The announcement came from papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls and was distributed to journalists via e-mail. The e-mail goes on to say that as John Paul wrote in 1996, all procedures for handling his death have been put in motion.
A Mass is scheduled for St. Peter's Square tomorrow morning. The pope died after suffering heart and kidney failure following two hospitalizations in as many months.