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Thousands pay their respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

St Peter's  Basilica - image: JS/ICN

St Peter's Basilica - image: JS/ICN

Source: Vatican News

The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is lying in state in St Peter's Basilica, where the faithful are paying their final respects and offering prayers.

The Pope Emeritus' remains were translated from the Monastery Chapel to the Basilica in a private ceremony presided over by Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, Archpriest of St Peter's, this morning (Monday 2 January).

A long line of pilgrims had already formed early in the morning before the viewing officially began at 9am Rome time.

The exposition of the body will continue through Wednesday, with the Basilica open to the faithful from 9am to 7 pm on Monday, and from 7am to 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Requiem Mass is set to take place Thursday morning in St Peter's Square, beginning at 9.30am Rome time.

The late Pope Emeritus has asked for the funeral and accompanying rites and ceremonies to be marked by simplicity. He be laid to rest in the Grottoes beneath the Basilica.

Watch a report on the Vatican Youtube channel:



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