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Former Pope Benedict’s Body To Lie In State At The Vatican For Three Days Before Funeral On Thursday

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Before his funeral on Thursday, the remains of the former pope, Benedict XVI, will lay in state at St. Peter’s Basilica for three days. On Monday, Catholics worldwide will have the opportunity to honor the German theologian who died on December 31 at the age of 95 and presided over the church for eight years before stepping down in 2013. According to the report, the previous pope’s body will be moved to the basilica early on Monday for three days so that people can pay their respects. Prior to his mortal remains being interred in the tombs beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis, his successor, will preside over the funeral on December 5 in St. Peter’s Square.

The body of the former pope will be transferred to the basilica early on Monday for a three-day visiting period so that people can pay their respects. Pope Francis, his successor, will preside over the funeral on December 5 in St. Peter’s Square before his mortal remains are laid in the tombs beneath St. Peter’s Basilica.

In his speech at the Vatican’s New Year’s Day liturgy on Sunday, Pope Francis acknowledged and praised “God for the gift of this faithful servant of the Gospel and of the Church,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Millions of people from all over the world, including leaders of state, attended John Paul II’s final papal funeral in 2005. With his steadfast support of traditional values, Benedict has, nonetheless, been a figure who has alienated many Catholics.

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