Lying In State At The Vatican Begins For Pope Benedict XVI
His death was one of the biggest surprises of 2022, but then the world has since accepted that Pope Benedict XVI, the former Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, is no more. Understandably, there has been great interest in details about his funeral.
Well, the retired, who stunned the world by retiring about a decade ago over health issues, is already lying in state in St. Peter’s Basilica,
There will be twelve hours of viewing each day from tomorrow, Tuesday, to the day after, Wednesday. The viewing will be led by the current Pope, who took over after the late Pontiff’s resignation. The viewing will take place at St Peter’s Square.
Thursday is the official funeral for the late Pontiff. Even as thousands converge to view the remains of the late Pontiff in the Vatican, millions of others throng social media platforms to share their thoughts on the late Pope and his time as Supreme Pontiff.
Pope Benedict retired almost a decade ago. citing failing health, leaving the door open for the current Pope to ascend to the position of leader of the world’s Catholics. With his stepping down, Benedict became the first Pope in 600 years to do so.
For the Catholic faithful, the mourning continues.