It is estimated that at least 65,000 people came to visit the pope emeritus on the first day of his wake.
The remains of Benedict XVI will remain on display in St. Peter’s Basilica until Wednesday, Jan. 4. Visiting hours for Tuesday and Wednesday are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Rome time).
Funeral of Benedict XVI
Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of Benedict XVI on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 9:30 a.m. (Rome time), in St. Peter’s Square.
The Vatican has released the booklet containing the prayers and readings for the funeral Mass. The readings for the Mass will be Isaiah 29:16–19 in Spanish; Psalm 23 sung in Latin; 1 Peter 1: 3–9 in English, and the Gospel of Luke 23: 39–46 read in Italian.
Two official state delegations, those of Italy and Germany, will attend the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, was one of the first to visit the funeral chapel of Pope Benedict XVI. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, accompanied by other officials from her government, also attended on the morning of Monday, Jan. 2, and prayed for several minutes before the remains of the pope emeritus.
Many other heads of state will come to pay respects and attend the funeral in an unofficial capacity, including the president of Hungary, Katalin Novak; the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda; King Philip of Belgium; and Queen Sofia of Spain, among others.
As Benedict XVI’s coffin is carried to his place of burial in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica, the choir will sing the Magnificat in Latin.
You can view the funeral live on EWTN here.
This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.
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