‘We Love Benedict’: Catholics Flock to Vatican to Say Goodbye to Benedict XVI| National Catholic Register

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Approximately 40,000 people visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the first five hours he was lying in state on Monday, according to the Vatican gendarmes.

Catholics have traveled to the Vatican from both near and far to see the late Pope for the last time and to pray for his eternal repose.

The Herrera family traveled from Madrid, Spain, after learning that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had died on Dec. 31. They arrived in Rome late on Jan. 1 and joined the line of mourners the next morning.

Maria Jimenez told CNA she and her husband and four children, ages 19–25, “came especially to see the Pope, to pray for him and to see him. To say goodbye, too.”

“We love Benedict,” she said, adding that she thinks he will one day be a saint.

Here are a few of the people who said goodbye to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Jan. 2:

Giancarlo Rossi, who lives in Rome, told CNA he got in line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica at 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2023, to pay his respects to the late Pope Benedict XVI. Hannah Brockhaus / CNA

Giancarlo Rossi, who lives in Rome, told CNA he got in line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica at 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2023, to pay his respects to the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Hannah Brockhaus / CNA

‘We Love Benedict’: Catholics Flock to Vatican to Say Goodbye to Benedict XVI| National Catholic Register

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