Pope Benedict XVI Lies in State at the Vatican

People line up to pay their respect to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lying out in state inside St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.He was 95. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Important Takeaways:

  • 65,000 View Benedict XVI’s Body Lying in State at Vatican
  • The 95 year old Pope passed on Dec 31
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI ‘s body, his head resting on a pair of crimson pillows, lay in state in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday as tens of thousands queued to pay tribute to the pontiff who shocked the world by retiring a decade ago.
  • On the eve of the first of three days of viewing, Italian security officials had said at least 25,000-30,000 people would come on Monday. But by the end of the first day’s viewing, some 65,000 persons had passed by the bier, the Vatican said.

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