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Benedict XVI: 3 reasons why his funeral is unprecedented for a pope

  • Alejandro Millon Valencia
  • BBC News World

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Benedict XVI’s funeral will be held today, Thursday.

This Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, an unprecedented event in the long history of the Catholic Church took place: after the death of another pope, a pope was responsible for presiding over his funeral.

Francis, the current leader of the Catholic Church, presided over the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died last Saturday at the age of 95.

In a “sacred but sober” ceremony, Francis again highlighted the work of Benedict XVI before the Catholic Church, as Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni warned.

Thousands of people gathered in the Plaza de San Pedro. Dignitaries such as Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni or Spain’s Queen Emeritus Sofia attended the ceremony.