Millions of pilgrims and world leaders are descending on Rome to pay their last respects to the late pope.
While his papacy was not without controversy, cardinals have praised him as "John Paul the Great" and there is already talk of his beatification, the first step towards sainthood.
While Vatican officials prepare to bury the last pontiff, the search for the new one is getting started: Cardinals will meet on April 18 to begin the election process.
Read about John Paul II's passing and the Catholic Church's future in this DW-WORLD dossier.
Ukrainian security forces have moved in on pro-EU demonstrators. By Monday evening, reports emerged that police had encircled protest camps, dispersed demonstrators and stormed the main opposition party's headquarters.
Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places. The aircraft can carry up to 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).
At a special meeting of party leaders in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have approved a coalition deal with the Social Democrats and their sister party, the CSU. The SPD votes later this week.
Starting in 1938, Jews in Nazi Germany were officially persecuted and dispossessed. Many artworks vanished and are still reappearing. An exhibition in Munich now looks at the impact of the Nazis' cultural policies.