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Pope Was Not Embalmed

Pope was not embalmed, only "prepared"

It's a break from tradition. The Vatican says Pope John Paul's body has not been embalmed -- only "prepared" for viewing.

A spokesman didn't elaborate. But an embalmer in Rome says it appears that the pope's remains were touched up with cosmetics. He says even a light embalming is necessary for a body that will be exposed for several days.

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