Vatican shares first photos of Benedict XVI after death - Catholic information agency

The photographs, the primary of the deceased Benedict to be released, have been taken on the morning of Jan. 1.

Benedict XVI will lie in state in St. Peter's Basilica from Jan. 2–four. His funeral Mass will take place in the Vatican rectangular on the morning of Jan 5.

The funeral could be solemn, but sober, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni noted.

After the funeral Mass, Benedict XVI's is still may be entombed in the Vatican crypt, beneath St. Peter's Basilica.

Bruni instructed journalists on Jan. 1 that one of the vital individuals closest to Benedict, possible those that labored for him in his family, will view the physique at the Vatican monastery on Sunday.

Hannah Brockhaus is Catholic news company's senior Rome correspondent. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has a degree in English from Truman State college in Missouri.

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