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Some 200 world dignitaries are expected to attend Pope John Paul II's funeral Friday. They include:
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  • Britain's Prince Charles
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    VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- As a line of mourners stretched for miles Tuesday to file past Pope John Paul II's body in St. Peter's Basilica, tributes also were being observed across the globe, including the pope's native Poland.

    In Warsaw, more than 200,000 gathered at the site where Karol Wojtyla returned as the new pope in 1979.

    The mayor of his hometown, Wadowice, was on her way to the Vatican carrying a bag of soil she hopes will be buried with the pope, in Polish tradition.

    In Dublin, Ireland, hundreds of mourners joined church and political leaders for a remembrance Mass for the first pontiff to visit that country, one of the most devoutly Roman Catholic in Europe.

    More than 1 million mourners filed past the pope's body in the first 24 hours of viewing, the Vatican said late Tuesday, and Rome prepared for an influx of world leaders for his Friday funeral.

    Lines 35 people deep snaked from St. Peter's Square for several blocks behind the Vatican.

    Most of the tens of thousands waiting in line -- some for as long as 12 hours -- have been from Italy. But Rome is quickly filling with mourners from outside the country, said the city's deputy mayor, Luca Odevaine.

    The wait did not bother Annette Bogislawski, who was born and raised in Poland but now lives in Canada.

    "That's the least I can do for the pope and what he has done for us and the whole world," she said. "I feel very at peace and proud to be here."

    Officials have converted the site of the ancient Roman Circus Maximus into a free campground to house visitors, said Odevaine.

    Burial beneath St. Peter's

    Vatican officials said they plan to bury the pope in the grotto beneath St. Peter's Basilica in the former grave of Pope John XXIII.

    Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the pope would be buried there "unless he left other instructions in the will. ... But we don't know because we haven't read the will yet."

    Navarro-Valls said the pope gave no indication he wanted to be buried anywhere other than the Vatican. The pope did request that he be buried "in the ground," he said.

    In 2001, authorities exhumed John XXIII's body and entombed it on the basilica's main floor. His papacy was from 1958 until his death in 1963.

    The church's cardinals met Tuesday morning for the third time since John Paul II's death, but Navarro-Valls said they had not decided yet when the conclave to elect the next pope would begin.

    By Vatican law, the conclave must begin no earlier than 15 days and no later than 20 days after the pope's death on Saturday.

    Archbishop Pietro Marini noted some changes in apostolic law concerning the conclave, notably that the 117 voting cardinals -- all those under 80 -- won't be locked in the Sistine Chapel until they've made a decision as they have in the past.

    "But they cannot have contact with other people," he said. "They cannot watch television or listen to radio." (Election rituals)

    Marini said that the pontiff's body would be placed in a wooden coffin -- the first of three that would entomb him -- which would be closed before it is carried out into St. Peter's Square for Friday's funeral.

    Navarro-Valls said the body had been "prepared for burial" but was not embalmed. (Full story)

    World leaders heading to Rome

    Some 200 world leaders -- including President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- are planning to attend Friday's service, set for 10 a.m. (4 a.m. ET). (U.S. delegation)

    Dignitaries were expected to begin arriving Wednesday. A special queue will be provided for them to view the pope's body.

    Odevaine said the influx of leaders poses "a very, very big problem" for security as well as general transportation.

    "We hope the delegation will come and go on the same day because we cannot handle having people going around the town with escorts and everything," he said.

    The Italian Interior Ministry said armored vehicles would be provided for the leaders and 6,000 additional police would be on hand for the funeral.

    Between 15,000 and 18,000 people an hour have been filing past the pope's body, Reuters quoted the Vatican as saying.

    Italian authorities said they expect some 2 million people to file through the Vatican and the surrounding streets of Rome in the coming days.

    Visits will end Thursday night so the Vatican can prepare for Friday's funeral. Officials acknowledged that not everyone would be able to view the body because of the number in line.

    The 84-year-old pontiff died Saturday from septic shock and cardiocirculatory collapse, the Vatican said. He suffered from a number of chronic illnesses, including Parkinson's disease.

    His condition began deteriorating rapidly Thursday, after a urinary tract infection caused a high fever.

    The pope was born Karol Wojtyla in 1920 in Poland. He became pope in October 1978, the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years.

    Other developments

  • The city that captured the heart of Pope John Paul II long before he followed his calling into the priesthood may become the final resting place of his physical heart, a Roman Catholic church official in Krakow told CNN. (Full story)
  • Prince Charles' office said his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles has been moved to Saturday so he can attend the the pontiff's funeral. (Full story)
  • Turkish authorities have rejected a request from Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot and gravely wounded the pope in 1981, to leave prison to attend the pontiff's funeral, his lawyer told Reuters. The pope forgave his would-be killer two years after the shooting that would mark the start of his slow decline in health. (Full story)
  • The U.S. Senate passed a resolution paying tribute to the pope by a 98-0 vote Tuesday afternoon. The resolution called him "one of the greatest spiritual leaders and moral teachers of the modern era." The senators said John Paul II fostered "harmony between Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians, reached out in friendship to Jews, Muslims and members of other faiths, and warmly promoted interfaith understanding."
  • CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Laura Bernardini, Jim Bittermann, Matthew Chance, Chris Burns, Alphonso Van Marsh and Alessio Vinci contributed to this report.

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