(CNN Spanish) –– Pope Benedict XVI, who broke 600 years of monastic tradition, died this Saturday in Vatican City at the age of 95. He had been unwell for the past few days.
Amid grief from the Catholic community, details of his wake and funeral have been released.
The body of Benedict XVI will be screened at St. Peter’s Basilica beginning Monday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m. local time, according to Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office.
“As of Monday morning, January 2, 2023, the body of Pope Emeritus [Benedicto XVI] It will be in St. Peter’s Basilica so that the faithful can say goodbye,” he wrote on the Vatican News Twitter account.
Bruni added that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral will take place on January 5.
The funeral will be presided over by Pope Francis.
Update from @HolySeePress Office: Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on January 5, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. CET in St. Peter’s Square. pic.twitter.com/5iDHyzVXcv
—Vatican News (@VaticanNews) December 31, 2022
According to the wishes of the Pope Emeritus, his funeral will be “simple”, Bruni said.
In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by making the almost unprecedented decision to resign his position, citing “advanced age.”
The last pope to resign before his death was Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415, ending a civil war within the Catholic Church in which more than one man claimed to be pope.
Pope Francis said on December 28 that his predecessor was “very ill” and asked for prayers for the 95-year-old former pope.
“I ask everyone to pray especially for Pope Emeritus Benedict who supports the Church in silence. He is very ill,” Francis said during his general audience at the Vatican.
“We ask the Lord to comfort him and support him in this witness of love for the Church until the end.”
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