Monday, February 6, 2023

Details of Benedict XVI’s papacy will be placed in his casket

VATICAN CITY ( Associated Press) – A written account of Benedict XVI’s historic sin will be placed next to his body in his coffin before his burial, the Vatican said Tuesday, as part of funeral plans for the first pontiff to resign in six centuries. disclosed.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peter’s Basilica to see him off, while a vigil was held on the second day.

At the end of the Wednesday night vigil, a one-page account of Benedict XVI’s nearly eight-year papacy will be inserted into a metal cylinder and placed inside the coffin, along with other items, including Vatican coins. Also included are those who were molded during their time of sin. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.

The retired pope died on Saturday at the age of 95, after a decade of extraordinary papal retreats at a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. Pope Francis will celebrate a funeral Mass in St Peter’s Square on Thursday.

Although the Vatican noted that Benedict wanted “simplicity” to characterize his funeral, Bruni said that the liturgy “will be like the pontifical ceremonies in great detail … with some original elements.”

Bruni said that after the vigil ends at 7 pm (1800 GMT) on Wednesday, “the casket will be closed with a special ritual.” Benedict XVI’s body would be placed in a coffin carved in cypress, then it would be placed in a zinc coffin that would be sealed in another wooden coffin.

They will be removed from the basilica and taken to the square about 40 minutes before the funeral begins on Thursday, as crowds gathered for the service recite the rosary for Benedict XVI, who served as pontiff from April 2005 to February 2013. Served in.

The Vatican security team estimated that some 65,000 people came to view the body on Monday, and some 70,000 did so on Tuesday.

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Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield contributed to this report.

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