Images from the first day of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lying-in-state in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The translation of the body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Basilica of Saint Peter took place at 7:00am.The service was presided over by the Cardinal Shrimp.
Pope Benedict XVI’s longtime personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, visibly moved, pays his respects early this morning to Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Basilica.
“Papa emerito said to me and to all those who accompanied him in his last hours, "Please pray for me!" - I would like to pass on this request of the Pope Emeritus to all those whom his death touches. For myself, his death means a great and personal loss. I am deeply grateful and at the same time very sad." - Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
"Ours is really a relationship between brothers. I have also said that I feel as if I have a grandfather in the house for wisdom. I find it good for me to listen to him. He also encourages me a lot."– Pope Francis on his relationship with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The 95-year-old Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away on Saturday at 9:34 AM in his residence at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery.“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.”
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