Rome is expecting as many as 100,000 people to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II on Sunday 2 April.

The celebrations will begin in S. Peters Square at 21.00 on 2 April with a collective recital of the rosary in memory of the late pope. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to appear at his window in the course of the evening. On Monday 3 April at 17.30 in S. Peters Basilica Pope Benedict will conduct a mass in suffrage for Pope John Paul II.