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A simple farewell and burial in the Vatican Grottoes for Benedict XVI

Simplicity will mark the funeral rites of the Pope emeritus who had asked for it in his last hours.

Maria José Atienza-December 31, 2022-Reading time: < 1 minutes
Benedict XVI

As reported by the Holy See, the remains of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will rest in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery until the early hours of Monday, January 2. During these first two days, no official visits or public prayers are planned.

The body of Joseph Ratzinger will be exposed for the visit of the faithful in St. Peter's Basilica, which will be open on Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2.

Funeral Mass presided by Pope Francis

The funeral presided over by the Holy Father will be held in St. Peter's Square on Thursday, January 5, at 9:30 a.m.

On January 5, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father Francis will preside at the Funeral Mass for the late Supreme Pontiff Emeritus Benedict XVI. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the Ultima Commendatio and the Valedictio will take place.

No ticket is required to participate. Those wishing to concelebrate may contact the Office for Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The official delegations present will be those of Germany and Italy.

The coffin of the Supreme Pontiff Emeritus will be taken to St. Peter's Basilica and then to the Vatican Grottoes for burial.

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