Statement from chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls on Pope John Paul II’s death. "The Holy Father died at 9:37 (2:37 EST) this evening in his private apartment. The Holy Father's final hours were marked by the uninterrupted prayer of all those who were assisting him in his pious death, and by the choral participation in prayer of the thousands of faithful who, for many hours, had been gathered in St. Peter's Square." See... Statement Announcing Death Of Pope John Paul II .