The Italian Almanac

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Italian News - April 7

Several TV networks will provide live coverage of Pope John Paul II's funeral Friday for Americans who want to get up early or stay up late. The funeral is scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. EDT on the East Coast, and will be carried on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Most of the traditional network anchors will be accompanied by experts who will not only help translate the language of the Mass, which will be said in Italian, but explain to viewers what is going on.

At that hour, it's difficult for the networks to get a sense of how many people will be watching. But judging by the crowds in Rome, it would be wise not to underestimate the interest.