Pope Benedict XVI greets the assemblage gathered successful St Mark's Square portion crossing the quadrate connected an electrical car successful 2011 successful Venice, Italy. Marco Secchi/Getty Images hide caption
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Pope Benedict XVI greets the assemblage gathered successful St Mark's Square portion crossing the quadrate connected an electrical car successful 2011 successful Venice, Italy.
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When retired Pope Benedict XVI is laid to remainder connected Thursday, it volition be an event unprecedented successful the modern past of the Catholic Church.
Not lone was Benedict the archetypal modern pope to measurement down, but his ceremonial volition beryllium highly antithetic due to the fact that the sitting pope volition preside implicit the ceremonial of a erstwhile one.
Benedict died connected Saturday greeting successful his residence, the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, the Vatican announced. The erstwhile pope was gravely ill implicit the past week.
Benedict's ceremonial wide is scheduled to instrumentality spot connected Thursday successful St. Peter's Square. His remains are expected to beryllium connected nationalist show successful St. Peter's Basilica starting Monday for radical to connection their last farewells.
The erstwhile pope was elected the 265th pontiff successful 2005 astatine property 78 — becoming the oldest idiosyncratic to beryllium elected since 1730. He served for 7 years earlier becoming the archetypal pope to resign successful astir 600 years, citing his precocious property arsenic a crushed helium was nary longer suited to lead.
A uncommon spectacle wherever a sitting pope volition preside implicit the ceremonial of a erstwhile one
The Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis volition preside implicit Benedict's ceremonial — a notable lawsuit successful the past of the Church, fixed that it customarily took a pope's passing for a caller person to beryllium chosen.
Despite the antithetic circumstances, during Francis' tenure, helium has repeatedly paid respects to his predecessor.
"Great successful spot and intelligence insight, large successful his important publication to theology, large successful his emotion for the Church and for quality beings, large successful his virtuousness and his religiosity," Francis said successful 2014 during the debut of a caller statue successful grant of Benedict successful the Vatican Gardens.
On Wednesday, the Holy See Press Office said Francis visited Benedict and asked the assemblage for supplication regarding his health.
Benedict leaves down a analyzable bequest
Benedict's tenure arsenic pope was marked by some his ambition and humility.
Coming into office, helium was determined to fortify the Catholic Church's halfway beliefs and denounce modern trends that helium believed were undermining Catholicism.
But his pursuit besides created rifts with immoderate communities. In 2006, Benedict infuriated Muslims astir the satellite aft referencing a humanities punctuation that derided the faith. He aboriginal apologized. Benedict besides wounded the Church's relations with the Jewish assemblage owed to his determination to assistance the excommunication of Richard Williamson, a bishop known arsenic a Holocaust denier.
"In the look of scandals and ecclesiastical careerism, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI ne'er ceased to telephone for conversion, penance and humility," said Andrea Tornielli, the editorial manager for the Vatican Dicastery for Communication successful a statement.