Thousands are lining up to see Benedict’s body at the Vatican

Visitors crowd into St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Pope Benedict, the German theologian who will become the first pope to step down in 600 years, has died, the Vatican announced on Saturday, December 31, 2022. He was 95. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (Andrew Medichini, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

VATICAN CITY – Thousands of people queued up in St. Peter’s Square hours before sunrise on Monday to see it Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI ‘s body and pay their respects.

The public viewing lasts 10 hours on Monday in St. Peter’s Basilica. Twelve hours are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday before Thursday morning’s funeral in the square, which will be officiated by Pope Francis.

The frail 95-year-old Benedict died on Saturday morning at the Vatican Monastery, where he has lived since his retirement in 2013, when he became the first pope to step down in 600 years.

Security officials expected at least 25,000 people to walk past the body on the first day of the tour.


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