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Pope Benedict XVI Installed
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and political and ceremonial dignitaries attended the inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Pope Benedict XVI
Paolo Cocco – AFP


John Paul II: The World Mourns: As Pope John Paul II's funeral took place in Vatican City, people gathered at sites all over the world to participate in Masses and prayer services. The huge crowds were a testament to the former pontiff's worldwide popularity, as television broadcasts gave mourners unprecedented access to the funeral of a man with which many felt a deep connection. 

Ratzinger Chosen as 265th Pontiff: Long known as the chief guardian of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, Germany's Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected as the next pope by the College of Cardinals. April 19, 2005

Anti-Japanese Protesters Rally in Shanghai: Thousands of young Chinese protesters massed in front of the Japanese Consulate in Shanghai Saturday, shouting "Japanese must die" and lobbing eggs, bottles and stones in spite of a sizable security force and official appeals for order. April 16, 2005

Prince Rainier Laid to Rest: Prince Rainier, Europe's longest-ruling monarch and head of the small principality of Monaco, was laid to rest in his family crypt. The 81-year-old prince symbolized the glamour of Riviera royalty and was married to the late Hollywood actress Grace Kelly. April 15, 2005

Deadly Hotel Blaze Kills 20 in Paris: A fire roared through a Paris hotel early Friday used by the government to house needy African families, killing at least 20 people, half of them children. April 15, 2005

Poland Bids Farewell to Native Son: An estimated 800,000 people from across Poland gathered in a large field in Krakow to join via video link the funeral of their native son, Pope John Paul II. Many towns identified themselves with writing on their Polish flags. April 08, 2005

Pontiff Laid to Rest: Tens of thousands of people paid their final respects to Pope John Paul II, joining kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers for the culmination of one of the largest religious gatherings in the West in modern times. April 08, 2005

Masses March in Poland: Hundreds of thousands of Poles silently marched through the streets of Krakow en route to a Mass marking the end of six days of national mourning for native son Pope John Paul II. April 07, 2005