The funeral for Pope John Paul II is drawing larger crowds than even the Vatican predicted. In addition to an expected crowd of 2 million faithful, the funeral will be attended by dozens of world leaders. Reuters is reporting that four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers are expected to be in attendance, as are at least 14 leaders of other religions.
I'm amazed, and greatly appreciative of the worldwide support for Pope John Paul II. Hopefully all Christians gain strength and inspiration by the sheer number of faithful pilgrims paying their last respects in Rome this week. More importantly, I pray that the continuing coverage will serve to evangelize Christians worldwide who may longer be active in their faith.