The funeral of Pope Benedict XVI was held on Thursday, January 5th, 2023 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The funeral was presided over by Pope Francis and attended by around 50,000 people.
The body of Pope Benedict XVI had been lying in state in St. Peter's Basilica from 2 to 4 January 2023, during which almost 200,000 mourners paid their respects. He was clothed in red vestments for the occasion. The booklet for Benedict's funeral Mass was released on 3 January.
After the funeral service, Pope Benedict XVI was interred in a private ceremony in the crypt underneath St. Peter's Basilica, in the same tomb that had previously been occupied by Pope John Paul II.
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