Chicago plans memorials for Pope Benedict as he begins lying in state

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Chicago will this week honor the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as thousands prepare to pay their respects at the Vatican.

On Monday, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at a mass “for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict XVI” at Holy Name Cathedral. Mass will be at 8 o’clock

In addition, the Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that memorial masses will be held this week in each of the archdiocese’s six vicariates.

The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid out Monday in St. Peter’s Basilica as thousands marched to pay their respects to the pope who shocked the world when he retired a decade ago.

Public viewing lasts Monday at 10am in St. Peter’s Basilica. There will be twelve hours of viewing time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, ahead of Thursday morning’s funeral, which will be presided over by Pope Francis, in St. Peter’s Square.

Following the passing of former Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, tributes poured in from around the world, with many offering condolences and sharing Benedict XVI’s impact on the Catholic Church.

In an email early Saturday, the Archdiocese of Chicago shared an undated photo of Cupich, Pope Francis, former Pope Benedict, and Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of former Pope Benedict.

Ratzinger, the first pope to retire in 600 years, became a priest in 1951, was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 1977, and then became pope in 2005.

“He was a person who was known all over the world as a first-class theologian, even before he became a bishop,” Cupich said.

The full list of memorial masses in Chicago includes:

Vicariate I:

  • Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM at St. Theresa Parish, 455 N. Benton St., Palatine

Vicariate II:

  • Thursday, January 5 at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Church, 1747 Lake Ave., Wilmette

Vicariate III:

  • Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 PM at St. Hyacinth’s Basilica, 3636 W. Wolfram St., Chicago
  • Mass will be celebrated in three languages: English, Spanish and Polish.

Vicariate IV:

  • Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Cletuskerk, 600 W. 55e Street, The Barn
  • Mass will be in English and Spanish.

Vicariate V:

  • Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM at St. Albert the Great Church, 8000 S. Linder Ave., Burbank.
  • Mass will be celebrated in three languages: English, Spanish and Polish.

Vicariate VI:

  • Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago

NBC Chicago

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