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Photography and self-publishing might not bring mainstream success, but Peter Nebergall plans to keep shooting.

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VATICAN CITY

Finally at rest after years of crippling disease, Pope John Paul II's body lay in state Sunday, his hands clutching a rosary, his pastoral staff under his arm. Millions prayed and wept at services around the globe, as the Vatican prepared for the ritual-filled funeral and conclave that will choose a successor.Television images gave the public its first view of the pope since his death: lying in the Vatican's frescoed Apostolic Palace, dressed in crimson vestments and a white bishop's miter, his head resting on a stack of gold pillows. A Swiss Guard stood on either side as diplomats, politicians and clergy paid their respects at his feet.

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The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest existing institution in the world. But before the traditions and regalia, before Christianity became the state religion of Rome, before Catholicism with a capital "C," there was a pope.John Paul II was the 264th pope, a position unique among public and historical figures. In 1870, during the first Vatican Council under Pope Pius IX, the Catholic Church established a doctrine of papal infallibility and defined the pope as the "supreme judge of the faithful."

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Sister Nadine Flott awakes before 6 a.m. each day and says her prayers in the quiet of the pre-dawn light that filters through her blinds. She arrives at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Boonville about an hour later, taking her customary post at the school's side door to greet each arriving student, most of them by name. "Here comes my best friend," Sister Nadine hails first-grader Morgan Browning."No jacket, today?" she asks another student who is wearing short sleeves on a chilly March morning. "Aren't you going to be cold during recess?"