The document, which dates from 1979, begins with a phrase in Latin that translates to "I am completely in Your hands," according to a translation by the Associated Press. The former Karol Wojtyla of Poland became pope in 1978.
In the will, the pope thanks everyone and asks for their forgiveness and their prayers. He adds that his personal notes are to be burned, and ends with the words: "To all I want to say just one thing: 'May God reward you.'"
The document was updated several times in the 1980s, and the last entry was in 2000. It says the Pope has no property to dispose of, but merely some items of daily use.
The 84-year-old pontiffHundreds of thousands of pilgrims have descended upon Vatican City to pay their respects to the pope. The pope's funeral, scheduled for Friday, will also be . . His health had declined over the past two months, and he was given last rites after suffering a heart attack several days prior to his death.