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Pope Funeral: Dignitaries

World leaders to attend pope's funeral

President Bush will be joined by leading dignitaries from around the world at Pope John Paul's funeral Friday.

Prince Charles will be there -- delaying his wedding by a day. He'll be joined by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In a highly unusual move, Germany will be represented by both Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and by the country's president.

Usually one or the other leader attends official ceremonies abroad. The office of French President Jacques Chirac issued a statement today saying he and his wife will attend. And Spanish officials are confirming the royal couple will be among the mourners in Rome. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were close to the pope.

The Spanish delegation will also include Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose socialist government has clashed with the Roman Catholic church over same-sex marriage.

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