Funeral for Pope John Paul II Held in St. Peter's Square

Funeral for Pope John Paul II Held in St. Peter's Square

Pope John Paul II
Source: James G. Howes

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A funeral for Pope John Paul II is held in St. Peter's Square, Rome. When he was first elected pope, John Paul II was 58 but nevertheless very fit and active. He would go jogging, swimming, hiking, and even lifted weights. His athleticism was a stark contrast to many previous popes in Catholic history.

After a quarter century and two assassination attempts, however, his health had declined dramatically. He also suffered from Parkinson's Disease, something which caused concern among some because one of the symptoms is cognitive impairment — memory, cognitive flexibility, abstract reasoning, etc.

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