Pope Benedict’s body solemnly, lovingly carried to St. Peter’s Basilica – Detroit Catholic

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The body of the late Pope Benedict XVI is transferred to St. Peter’s Basilica in the early morning at the Vatican Jan. 2, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The consecrated women who cared for Pope Benedict XVI in his retirement gently stroked his hands before his body was carried on a red-covered stretcher to a van for its last journey to St. Peter’s Basilica.

The women, members of Memores Domini, along with Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the late pope’s personal secretary, and Dr. Patrizio Polisca, Pope Benedict’s physician, gathered around the body to pray the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary in the chapel of the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery Jan. 2 before walking down the hill to the basilica behind the van.

The group set off from the monastery in the Vatican Gardens at 7 a.m. while it was still dark.

At the Door of Prayer on the south side of the basilica, 10 papal gentlemen dressed in tails carried the body of the retired pope, who died Dec. 31, into the basilica.

Pope Benedict’s body solemnly, lovingly carried to St. Peter’s Basilica – Detroit Catholic

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