Benedict XVI: the tomb is open to the public so that it can be visited

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From this Sunday, January 8, the tomb was opened to the public. Photo: AFP

The tomb of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI may be visited in the Vatican grottoes starting this Sunday, January 8, 2023, as announced by the Vatican.

The Vatican News portal reported that since 9 in the morning, the time when the doors were opened to the public, a long line of faithful appeared who wanted to know the place where the remains of Joseph Ratzinger.

The believers advanced in silence and when they reached the tomb they made the sign of the cross with their hands, in addition to wishing prayers to the memory of the Papa emeritus who fHe passed away on December 31, 2023.

Ratzinger’s body He was buried in a zinc coffin along with the rogito, the coins and medals of his pontificate and the pallium; it was later placed inside another oak coffin.

One of the Benedict XVI’s last wishes were that his body be buried in the place where the tomb of Karol Wojtyła, better known as Pope Juan Pablo II. The remains of the latter were transferred to the chapel of San Sebastián when he received his beatification.

Who was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI?

Joseph Ratzinger, given name of the Pope emeritus Benedict XVIwas born in Marktl am Inn, in the diocese of Passau, in Germany. on April 16, 1927. With studies in Theology, iHe began his religious career in the year 1951 when he was made a priest.

In the year of 1977 he was appointed Archbishop of München und Freising by Pope Paul VI and by 1981 he obtained the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; in addition to being president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the Pontifical International Theological Commission.

After the death of John Paul II, in 2005, he was elected as the 265th Pope in historycharge that he held until 2013 when he resigned for health reasons.

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