Candlelight procession for late pope

JERUSALEM, April 3 (UPI) -- Some 800 to 1,000 people Sunday night marched through Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa to Gethsemane to mark the death of Pope John Paul II.

St. Savior's Church in the Old City was packed and people stood on the aisles for a prayer in memory of the Catholic leader.


Then, cupping their hands to protect the lit mustard colored candles that were stuck between their fingers, they walked down the cobble stoned alleys singing prayers in Italian and Arabic and reciting the Rosary.

Border Policemen armed with M-16s and with black clubs sticking out of their backpacks watched on as the procession passed near the Temple Mount and through the Lions Gate to Gethsemane where another prayer was held.

Marchers recalled having seen the pope when he visited the Holy Land in March 2000. One man, Jovanni Anbar, 32, said he felt John Paul II was a "big supporter" of the Palestinian desire for a state of their own. The pope's visit to the Moslem-only Deheishe refugee camp south of Bethlehem made him "even more popular," said Anbar.

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