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Rome Prepares For Pilgrims

Rome prepares for millions of pilgrims

Rome is getting ready for huge crowds this week. Officials expect up to two million people will converge on the city to pay their last respects to the pope and to attend his funeral Friday morning.

Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni says, "it will be a moment without precedent." He told a radio interviewer today that he expects Rome to "grind to a halt" during this time.

The mayor also says maximum security arrangements will be put in place to guarantee the safety of world leaders, including President Bush.

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