Heads Of State Are Paying Their Last Respects To Pope Benedict. Biden Isn’t One Of Them.

  • The Vatican released several articles previewing what is to be expected at tomorrow’s funeral, through its state-run media organization.
  • Pope Francis will preside over his predecessor’s liturgy, the first pope to do so since 1802, when Pius VII presided over a solemn funeral of Pius VI — who died in exile as a prisoner of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • The Vatican stated on Tuesday that the late Pope Emeritus would be placed in a cypress coffin, and interred within the former tomb of Pope St. John Paul II within St. Peter’s Basilica crypt, per his request.
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