Thousands pay their final respects to Benedict XVI as his body lies in state in St. Peter’s Basilica

January 3, 2023 | America

By Gerard O’Connell | America

Tens of thousands of Romans, pilgrims and tourists filed past the body of Benedict XVI, the emeritus pope that was lying in state in St Peter’s Basilica Jan. 2. They came to pay their final respects to the eighth German pope who had led the Catholic Church from April 19, 2005, to Feb. 28, 2013.

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