After 65,000 people were counted on the first day, the Vatican police announced Tuesday afternoon that another 25,000 people had already come to St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning, where the body was laid out for three days. Many pilgrims came from different parts of Italy and different nations.
The retired Pope is laid out until Wednesday. The farewell of the former pope is accompanied by a large security presence. Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among the first visitors on Tuesday morning. The politician was welcomed by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s private secretary. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also said goodbye to the Pope Emeritus on Tuesday. Orban, who prayed in front of Benedict’s body and exchanged a few words with Gänswein, will attend Thursday’s funeral with Hungarian President Katalin Novak, the Vatican said.
The Australian Cardinal George Pell took on Tuesday from Benedict XVI. Taking leave. The 81-year-old prayed in front of the body. Cardinal Pell headed the Vatican’s economic secretariat from 2014 to 2017 before facing a court case in his native Australia over abuse allegations. In 2020 he was finally acquitted and released from prison. Pell’s efforts to bring more transparency and cleanliness to Vatican finances repeatedly brought him into conflict with the old structures and habits of those responsible in the Vatican during his tenure as Vatican “Treasury Minister”.
Photo gallery: Long queues: Pope Benedict XVI. is laid out in St. Peter’s Basilica
Benedict XVI died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 95. On New Year’s Day, the deceased was first laid out in the chapel of the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican before the body was brought to St. Peter’s Basilica in a private ceremony early Monday morning. There the corpse, dressed in a red and gold robe and a gold-edged miter, was laid out on a catafalque in front of the main altar, with Swiss Guards standing guard there.
The funeral, which is expected to be attended by more than 70,000 believers, will be conducted by Pope Francis. On Wednesday evening, Benedict XVI’s coffin, made of cypress wood, will be unveiled. closed. Inside are coins minted during his pontificate. The coffin is then placed in a zinc coffin and sealed. This will be placed in another wooden coffin and then buried, the Vatican said.
Long queues: Benedict XVI. laid out in St. Peter’s Basilica
Austria represented by former Federal President Fischer
Austria is represented by former Federal President Heinz Fischer. Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen asked Fischer to take part in the funeral ceremonies in Rome, the President’s Office said on Tuesday on request. Fischer was during the tenure of Pope Benedict XVI. Federal President and was also at his inauguration and on an official visit to the Vatican. Benedict’s official papal visit in 2007 also fell during Fischer’s tenure. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Salzburg Franz Lackner as chairman of the bishops’ conference and Bishop Wilhelm Krautwaschl of Graz will take part in the funeral service as representatives of the Church in Austria.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder are coming from Germany to say goodbye to the German Pope. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda are also expected, as well as a delegation from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.
“Doctor of the Church, a Church Father”
In an interview with the Milan daily “Corriere della Sera” (Tuesday edition), Schönborn explained that Joseph Ratzinger was a “doctor of the church, a church father” who could be compared to St. Augustine. “I have had the joy of being his student with many others, and he was not only a teacher of great talent, with the gift of clarity, but a true master, both in written texts and in the living word. I have so much learned from him, and I think that his ability to teach, to pass on the faith and to reflect on the faith almost makes him a father of the church,” says Schönborn.
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