Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier travel to the funeral service for Benedict XVI. in the Vatican
It will be a historic moment in the Vatican: on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., former Pope Benedict XVI. (1927-2022) with a funeral service on St. Peter’s Square and then buried. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64) as well as Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66) and his wife are traveling from Germany.
Spain’s royal family is also taking part
“Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Elke Büdenbender travel to Rome on January 5 for the funeral ceremonies for the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI”, . According to reports, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella (81) and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (45) are also expected.
Since Benedict XVI. was no longer an incumbent pope at the time of his death, only official delegations from his native Germany and Italy were invited.
In addition to top politicians, several European royals also travel to the funeral service. From Spain, Sophia (84), the mother of King Felipe (54), takes part. Also confirmed is the participation of
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