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Funeral Mass Ends

Funeral Mass ends, pope's body carried away for burial

The public funeral Mass has ended at St. Peter's Square. Pope John Paul's body has been carried inside St. Peter's Basilica for a private burial ceremony deep within the tomb holding the remains of other pontiffs.

The crowd of hundreds of thousands in the square cheered and a giant bell tolled while formally dressed Vatican ushers carried away John Paul's simple cypress casket.

Hundreds of dignitaries were on hand as the pontiff was remembered as a "priest to the last." Many in the crowd chanted John Paul's name in several languages while holding up signs asking that he be named a saint.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger choked up while pointing to the pope's window overlooking the square -- telling the crowd he was sure the pontiff was looking down and blessing them as he had thousands of times from the same place.

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