Funeral of Benedict XVI: Body of Pope Emeritus lying in state in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

Funeral of Benedict XVI: Body of Pope Emeritus lying in state in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

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Benedict XVI is lying in state directly in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, above the tomb of the Church’s first pope, St. Peter.

The former pope is dressed in red and gold vestments and wearing a gold miter. Popes are traditionally dressed in red for their funerals. Benedict XVI has his rosary in his folded hands.

The public will be able to view his body until 7 p.m. in the days leading up to his funeral on Jan. 5. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the basilica will open earlier at 7 a.m., allowing 12 hours each day for the faithful to say their final goodbyes to the beloved former pope.

Following the funeral for Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, the late pope’s remains will be entombed in the Vatican crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica.

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