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The 84-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church, who struggled to overcome the effects of his advanced age and Parkinson's disease, died Saturday after suffering "septic shock and a cardio-circulatory collapse."
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff who led the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century and became history's most-traveled pope, has died at 84, the Vatican announced in an e-mail Saturday.
"The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. (2:37 p.m. EST) in his private apartment. All the procedures outlined in the apostolic Constitution `Universi Dominici Gregis' that was written by John Paul II on Feb. 22, 1996, have been put in motion."
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