On the occasion of the Feast of the Faithful Departed or the Feat of All Souls, Pope Benedict XVI will personally devote part of today to praying for his deceased predecessors at the Vatican.
This afternoon the Holy Father will visit the crypt located beneath St. Peter's Basilica, where many of the tombs of the previous popes are located. The tomb of Pope John Paul II, which receives between 7,000 and 20,000 visits a day, is also located in the crypt. While Pope Benedict is paying his respects to his predecessors he will offer prayers for each of their souls.
After time of private prayer, the Supreme Pontiff will return to the Apostolic Palace.