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Remains of John Paul II, to be transferred for Beatification Ceremony

On Friday morning Vatican employees will lift the slab and remove the casket. The body, though, ; will not be exhumed. John Paul II?s coffin will be set before the grave of Saint Peter up until the day of his beatification. It will be covered by a white cloth, the Church?s most solemn color. Next week, John Paul II?s remains will be taken to the Saint Sebastiano chapel, next to The Pietá of Michaelangelo. Just a few days ago, the remains of another beatified pope, Inocencio XI, were at that same site. But recently, they were transferred to another area of the Basilica. There, the remains of John Paul II, ; will be under this altar, covered with a gravestone with just four words: "Beatus Ioannes Paulus II. "