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Thousands flock to the Vatican for the funeral of Benedict XVI, the conservative pope who dared to resign

Posted on AllSides January 5th, 2023
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Tens of thousands gathered at the Vatican on Thursday for the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a stalwart of conservative values who shocked the Catholic Church when he resigned a decade ago.

Mourners dressed in black poured into St. Peter’s Square ahead of the Mass, which began at 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET). Pope Francis presided — with the pontiff leading the farewell to his predecessor in an event unprecedented in modern times.

As fog shrouded the top of St. Peter's Basilica, the ceremony began with a prayer by Francis...

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