Pope John Paul II died Saturday evening at 9:37 p.m. CET (2:37 p.m. EST). Shortly thereafter, Cardinal Angelo Sodano led over 70,000 faithful pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in prayer. A Mass is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. CET (4:30 a.m. EDT - note that daylight savings time begins). According to the Associate Press via Yahoo News:
"The angels welcome you," Vatican TV said after the announcement came from papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. ...
Navarro-Valls announced the death in an e-mail to journalists. "The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. (2:37 p.m. EST) in his private apartment. All the procedures outlined in the apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis that was written by John Paul II on Feb. 22, 1996, have been put in motion," Navarro-Valls said.
Unbelievable as it may seen, ancient Vatican tradition was pushed aside for technology, as the first official announcement of the Pope's passing was made not by tolling bells, closed bronze doors, or drawn window shutters, but rather via an e-mail message from the Vatican press office to members of the media.
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