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Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Pope Francis to preside at the funeral Mass for Benedict XVI
At the end of the Requiem Mass, the mortal remains of the Pope Emeritus will be taken to the Grottos under St. Peter’s Basilica, where his coffin will be placed inside a zinc coffin, which in turn will be placed inside a wooden case.
Benedict XVI will be laid to rest in the tomb where St. John Paul II had been buried before his beatification, according to his final wishes.
The late Pope Emeritus continues to lie in state in St. Peter’s Basilica, where the faithful can pay their respects from 7 AM to 7 PM on Wednesday.
Late tomorrow afternoon, his body will be placed in the cypress coffin using a specific rite.
As of Tuesday evening, over 135,000 pilgrims had made their way through the Basilica.
The Dicastery for Communication, with the support of the Knights of Columbus, is providing media facilities and audio-video links to ensure the worldwide broadcast of the Requiem Mass for the late Benedict XVI.