)on Friday, April 8, for a special live broadcast of the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

The funeral begins at 0800 UTC. We'll bring you the ceremony, the ritual, and the reaction from our correspondents around the world as well as from our experts in Washington.

Join host Frank Whiteis, former Vatican reporter and current VOA Assignments Chief Jack Payton, Father John Langan of Georgetown University, Paul Westpheling, and Neal Lavon for live coverage of Pope John Paul II's funeral beginning at 0800 UTC on VOA News Now.

You can hear the program by clicking on the , or on these shortwave frequencies:

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