Utah Residents to Attend Mass to Honor the Pope

Utah Residents to Attend Mass to Honor the Pope

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of Utah Catholics are expected to gather for a memorial mass today to honor Pope John Paul the Second.

Earlier today, around 300-thousand people flooded St. Peter's Square and nearby streets for the pope's funeral Mass at the Vatican.

The pope was buried inside the St. Peter's Basilica alongside past popes.

The gathering in Salt Lake City will take place at noon at the Cathedral of the Madeleine and led by Bishop George H. Niederauer.

Church officials say it will serve as an amblem of hope to Utah's 200-thousand Catholics.

Governor Huntsman, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and several Catholic clery are expected to attend today's mass.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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