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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pope John Paul II's body exhumed ahead of beatification

Thousands gather in Rome; coffin will be placed in St. Peter's Basilica for viewing

Fans of Pope John Paul II are gathering for the beatification of the late pope on Sunday. Souvenirs bearing his image have become an instant hit, but some are concerned about the commercialization. NBC's Claudio Lavanga reports. (NBC News)

VATICAN CITY (msnbc.com) — Pope John Paul II's coffin was exhumed on Friday ahead of his beatification as tens of thousands of people began arriving in Rome for one of the biggest events since his funeral in 2005.

The Vatican said the coffin was removed from the crypts below St. Peter's Basilica while top Vatican officials and some of the late pope's closest aides looked on and prayed.

Those present at the ceremony included Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, his personal secretary and right-hand man for decades, and the Polish nuns who ran the papal household for 27 years.


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