January 30, 2023

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Pope Francis presides over the funeral of Benedict XVI

Parishioners accompanied Benedict XVI’s coffin with a rosary prayer in the Plaza de San Pedro.

Coffin of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. (Reuters)

Benedict XVI’s body was taken from St. Peter’s Basilica before the rosary began in the square.

The Catholic Church bids farewell to Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.  (REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)
The Catholic Church bids farewell to Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square. (REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)

At least 100,000 people will attend the funeral in St Peter’s Square.

Thousands of people waited in St. Peter's Square for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to begin his homily.  (Reuters)
Thousands of people waited in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to begin his homily. (Reuters)

the nail 100,000 people They are expected to attend the Pope Emeritus’ funeral. Benedict XVIPlaza D. on this Thursday St. PeterAmid strong security measures, according to HQ’s assessment Rome Police.

According to a security plan approved by the Italian capital’s police, the airspace over the entire area will be closed, and helicopters, snipers, special forces fighting terrorism, firefighters and municipal police have been made available. In total, there will be more than 1,000 agents.

Wooden coffin, coins and incense of the Holy Disciple: details of Benedict XVI’s funeral in St. Peter’s Basilica

Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Ray will celebrate the mass at the altar. Francis will lead the funeral rites by reciting a formal farewell and sprinkling the remains with holy water.

Details of the funeral procession of Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica.  (Reuters)
Details of the funeral procession of Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica. (Reuters)

The Pope Benedict XVI He held one of the most important offices in the world, but in the last years of his life he wished to remain “hidden from the world”. Although his body was exposed for three days this week, The funeral rites This Thursday will partly honor his wishes for simplicity, but also include some festivities reserved for the head of the Catholic Church.

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The entrance to the Plaza de San Pedro began with those attending the funeral of Benedict XVI

The faithful wait to enter St. Peter's Square on January 5, 2023, the day of former Pope Benedict's funeral at the Vatican.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The faithful wait to enter St. Peter’s Square on January 5, 2023, the day of former Pope Benedict’s funeral at the Vatican. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Access to Plaza D at 6am (local time). St. Peter For the faithful, they slowly and orderly began to take their seats Tickets are not distributed for this occasion But had to queue to get into the enclosure.

To access the Plaza de San Pedro Must pass through controls and metal detectorand all parked vehicles were closed to traffic and removed from the streets adjacent to the Vatican.

Public transport in the Italian capital has been strengthened so that the faithful can easily reach the square.

Hundreds of faithful spent the night around the Vatican to enter St. Peter’s Square

The faithful wait to enter St. Peter's Square.  (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
The faithful wait to enter St. Peter’s Square. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Despite the low temperature and the middle of the night, The faithful spent the night in the Vatican’s environs He was the first to enter St. Peter’s Square.

A large crowd is expected to attend Benedict XVI's funeral.  (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
A large crowd is expected to attend Benedict XVI’s funeral. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

The famous Esplanade will be the setting for the funeral of the former Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.