As Pope John Paul II clung to life in deteriorating condition, thousands around the world flocked to churches and shrines to pray for the ailing pontiff. Here, the faithful gathered for prayers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Vatican City
As Pope John Paul II clung to life in deteriorating condition, thousands around the world flocked to churches and shrines to pray for the ailing pontiff.

Here, the faithful gathered for prayers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
(AP Photo)