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Part of Rome's Piazza San Giovanni named after John Paul II

Dedication as Pope Francis takes possession of Lateran Basilica

Part of Rome's Piazza San Giovanni named after John Paul II

Rome, April 5 - Part of Rome's Piazza San Giovanni will take the name of the late pope John Paul II when Pope Francis takes formal possession of the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran) on Sunday. The dedication applies to the part of the square adjacent to the Lateran Palace housing the offices of the Vicariate of Rome. Francis was elected by a conclave of cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI as pope and bishop of Rome on March 13 after the former pope's shock abdication the previous month allegedly due to diminishing physical and mental strength. The San Giovanni in Laterano is the official church of the bishop of Rome.

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