Quite beautiful and moving, wasn't it? EWTN carried it in its entirety, and it was impressive. Throngs of people could be seen not only in St. Peter's, but pouring down the streets where they could not possibly see but only hear distantly what was going on. It seemed rather unusual to hear the crowd applauding at some points, such after the Litany of the Saints. This is simply not done during a solemn Mass, and it would seem inappropriate (as if people were reacting to entertainment instead of a funeral), but for the fact that it was a spontaneous outpouring of love for John Paul. They were truly reacting from their hearts. It was interesting for Roman Catholics to see the participation of members of the Eastern Churches. Also interesting was the commentator's remark that this was probably the largest funeral held for anyone in history. Given how many more hearts a pope touches than any single political leader, he's probably right. I have to confess, I did flip over to the news channels for a minute, long enough to see a commentator on MS-NBC said that he hoped that George Bush and other world leaders would be impressed enough by the show of love for John Paul to cause them to stop and re-think what they needed to do to be loved as equally. While I'm not holding my breath, I have to agree with that sentiment. And I wonder if Osama bin Laden can see this wherever he is, and if he has the capacity to understand what a pitiful "religious" leader he is compared to a true man of peace.