February 8, 2023

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The funeral of Pope Benedict XVI, in photos

The funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Saturday at the age of 95. was held in St. Peter’s Square on Thursday after mourners spent three days examining his body and paying their last respects.

Benedict has lived in the Vatican, mostly hidden from the public, since his resignation in 2013, becoming the first pope to resign from office in six centuries. The eight-year papacy of Benedict, a widely respected theologian whose papal name comes from one of Europe’s patron saints, was riddled with scandals that eventually prompted his resignation.

His funeral, the first in modern history to be presided over by a sitting pope, had the solemnity of the papal tradition, but lacked some prayers specifically for the sitting popes, as well as some readings, and had looser protocol. Only two official delegations attended, those from Italy and those from Benedict’s native Germany. Other heads of state and monarchs attended.

Here are scenes from the funeral and the three days that the faithful were able to view his body in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinals in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, before the funeral.

Mourners arrive early in St. Peter’s Square.

Thousands gathered for the ceremony.

Preparation for the final farewell to the Pope Emeritus.

The body of Benedict XVI. is in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Bishops and cardinals prayed in the basilica near Benedict’s body.

Stand in line to pay homage to the Pope Emeritus.