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Pope John Paul II (2nd R) receives a gift from former Polish President Lech Walesa (L) and his wife Danuta during audience at Rome's Gemelli hospital in this May 19, 1994 file photo. Pope John Paul II, the Pole who headed the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years and played a crucial role in the fall of communism in Europe, died on Saturday evening, the Vatican said. He was 84. Picture taken May 19, 1994. REUTERS/Vatican/Pool/Files