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Benedict buried in Vatican grottoes

Some images of the burial of the body of the Pope Emeritus

© Vatican Media

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 01/05/23

A zinc casket surrounding his coffin is sealed.

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While Benedict XVI’s Requiem Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis, was public, after his coffin was taken into St. Peter’s Basilica, the cameras stopped.

The rite calls for the coffin to be surrounded by ribbons printed with the seals of the Apostolic Chamber, the Papal Household, the Office for Liturgical Celebrations and the Vatican Chapter.

His cypress coffin was then placed in a zinc coffin, which is sealed, and then in an oak covering, before being placed in the tomb that housed the remains of John Paul II from 2005 to 2011.

A few hours after the burial, the Vatican released a handful of images.

Some images of the burial of the body of the Pope Emeritus
Cardinal Re, who celebrated the funeral, leads the Rite of Burial
Some images of the burial of the body of the Pope Emeritus
The sealing of the coffin
Some images of the burial of the body of the Pope Emeritus
The zinc coffin enclosed in oak
Benedict XVI coffin
The casket carried between the cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica, after the Requiem.
Archbishop Ganswein and Monsignor Diego Giovanni Ravelli prepare Benedict XVI’s body in his coffin in a private liturgy on the evening of January 4.

Vatican News shared a video:

Pope Benedict XVI
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