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MARIBOR, SLOVENIA: (FILES) Pope John Paul II celebrates a mass of beatification of Anton Martin Slomsek in Maribor, 19 September 1999. Pope John Paul II is "ready" to die, one of the leaders of the Polish community in Rome, Father Konrad Hejmo, told reporters 01 April 2005. Pope John Paul II died 02 April 2005 at 21:37 (1937 GMT), the Vatican said. "The Holy Father died this evening at 21:37 in his private apartment," said a brief statement released by the Holy See.