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Vatican: tens of thousands of believers say goodbye to Benedict XVI.

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Tens of thousands of believers have in the past few days in the course of the laying out of Benedict XVI. paid their last respects to the Pope Emeritus. On the first two days alone, almost 135,000 people came to St. Peter’s Basilica. In the evening the coffin made of cypress wood was closed. The coffin will be placed in a zinc coffin and sealed at the start of the ceremony today. This comes in another wooden coffin and is then buried, said the Vatican.

More than 70,000 people will attend the funeral celebrated by the successor Pope Francis today, Thursday. Kings, nobles, heads of state and clergy from all over the world traveled alongside tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Benedict XVI died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 95.

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Austria will be represented by former Federal President Heinz Fischer. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder are coming from Germany to say goodbye to the Pope from Bavaria.

Once before, a pope presided over the funeral ceremonies of his predecessor: it was Pius VII in 1802, and the body was that of his predecessor Pius VI. (1775 to 1799).

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