Sunday 15 January 2023

The body of Pope Benedict XVI was brought to St Peter's by van. Pope Francis preached a brief homily at his funeral which scarcely mentioned Benedict and did not attend his interment



An Italian blogger writes that after his abdication Joseph Ratzinger was styled pope emeritus "but the mortal remains of this pope were taken from his residence to St. Peter's Basilica almost stealthily, aboard a van that would be good, at most, for delivering mail. Following the coffin were his papal family, but no official representatives of the Holy See. And the pope emeritus (which means, I repeat, that we are talking about the pope) was let into St. Peter's Basilica through a side entrance."

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