Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI starts lying to the Vatican – NBC Chicago
The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, his head resting on some crimson pillows, was laid out Monday in St. Peter’s Basilica as thousands marched to pay their respects to the pope who shocked the world by retiring a decade ago.
At daybreak, 10 white-gloved papal lords—lay assistants to the popes and papal houses—carried the body on a wooden stretcher covered in fabric down the central aisle of the gargantuan basilica to its resting place in front of the main altar beneath the imposing statue of Bernini . bronze canopy.
A Swiss guard saluted as the body was brought in through a side door after Benedict’s remains, placed in a van, were transferred on Saturday from the chapel to the monastery grounds where the increasingly 95-year-old former frail pope had died. Morning.
His longtime secretary, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, and a handful of devoted laymen who served in Benedict’s household followed the van on foot in a silent procession to the basilica.
Just after 09:00 (08:00 GMT), the doors of the basilica opened for the public, some of whom had waited for hours in the moist air for sunrise, to pay their respects to the late pope, who retired from the papacy in 2013. to become the first pope to do so in 600 years.
Loyal and curious, the public quickly moved down the center aisle to pass the beer after the line that wound around Saint-Pierre Square in the middle of the morning.
Filippo Tuccio, 35, came from Venice on an overnight train to view the body of Benedict XVI.
“I wanted to pay tribute to Benoît because he played a key role in my life and my education. I got here about 7:30pm, having left Venice last night,” Tuccio said.
“When I was young, I took part in the World Youth Days,” said the pilgrim, referring to the jamborees of young believers that were periodically organized and attended by popes. Tuccio added that he had studied theology and that “his pontificate accompanied me through my university years”.
“He was very important to me: to who I am, my way of thinking, my values. That’s why I wanted to say goodbye today.”
Former Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, has passed away at the age of 95.
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.
Security officials expected at least 25,000 people to pass by the body on the first day of the visit.
Marina Ferrante, 62, was one of them. La Romaine arrived an hour before the doors opened and became emotional as she explained why she had come.
“I think his most important legacy has taught us to be free,” she said. “He had a special intelligence to say what was essential in his faith and that was contagious” to the other believers. “What I thought about when he died was that I would like to be as free as he was.”
While venturing into the fact that the shy, bookworm German pastor and theologian and the current Argentine-born pope had different temperaments, “I believe there is a continuity between him and Pope Francis and anyone who understands the true relationship between them and Christ.” understands, can see that,” Ferrante said.
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