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Iranian president to attend funeral of Pope John Paul II

Rome, April 5, IRNA-President Mohammad Khatami is scheduled to attend funeral of the late Catholic Leader Pope John Paul II in the Holy See.

Iranian Ambassador to Rome Bahram Qassemi confirmed Italian media reports that President Khatami will take part in the funeral of late Pope John Paul II due to be laid to rest in Vatican on Friday.

Qassemi told IRNA that the chief executive is expected to arrive in the Italian capital of Rome on Thursday.

Pope's body who died Saturday at age 84, was laid at St. Peter's Basilica beginning Monday afternoon for public viewing, which has draw a huge influx of pilgrims.

The funeral will be held in St. Peter's Square from 5 p.m. Friday.

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