It's approaching 7:30am in Rome, and the Vatican has a gorgeous golden-red glow from the rising sun. I'm glad the many people standing their vigil have good weather for it.
I've always had a lot of respect for John Paul II, who I first learned about as Karol Cardinal Wojtyla. Let me be clear; I'm not Catholic, and I disagree sharply with some of the Pope's opinions. But I feel very strongly that his positions, his statements, his teachings all come from the strength of his honest convictions. I may not like everything he says, but I understand where it all comes from.
Weird. La Stampa has a cover story with a banner reading "Giovanni Paolo II, 1978-2005." However likely that the Pope will either die or step down in the very short term, this is a bit premature! They also held up the other Italian newspapers, all of which, naturally, had prominent cover stories focusing on the Pope. Another's banner said "Ciao Karol," a farewell.