And By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
**Four Kings- Five Queens- 70 Presidents**
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Papal Funeral Attendees :
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil)
Prime Minister Paul Martin (Canada)
President Joseph Kabila (Congo)
President Lucio Gutierrez (Equador)
President Jacques Chirac (France)
President Karolos Papoulias (Greece)
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (Germany)
President Oscar Berger (Guatamala)
Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue (Haiti)
President Mohammad Khatami (Iran)
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (Italy)
King Abdullah II (Jordan)
President Aleksander Kwasniewski (Poland)
King Letsie III (Lesotho)
President Vicente Fox (Mexico)
President Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria)
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (Philippines)
Prime Minister Tony Blair (Great Britain)
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Spain)
President Chen Shui-bian (Taiwan)
President Bashar Assad (Syria)
President Viktor Yushchenko (Ukraine)
Secretary-General Kofi Annan (United Nations)
President Bush (United States)
President Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
George W. Bush (the first sitting president to attend a papal funeral)- “I think John Paul II will have a clear legacy of peace, compassion and a strong legacy of setting a clear moral tone,” Bush told reporters on Air Force One as he flew from Rome to the United States just hours after the funeral. He said he wanted to amend his remarks to add the word “excellent.”
Applause rang out in the wind-whipped St Peter’s Square as John Paul’s plain cypress coffin, adorned with a cross and an “M” for the Virgin Mary, was brought out from St. Peter’s Basilica (search) and placed on a carpet in front of the altar. The book of the Gospel was placed on the coffin and the wind lifted the pages.
Nearly 1 million people prayed in a Polish field, North Americans slipped into pews before dawn and Asians gathered by the thousands at outdoor Masses in a global goodbye to the pope.
Goodbye, Great Man of Peace…
Update: Bizblogger talks more about the situation for Christians in commmunist China.
Update 2: Drudge has more on the world communitiy coming together at the funeral.