Asian cardinals travel to Vatican to join rare papal funeral – UCA News

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The Jan. 5 requiem procedure will be a papal funeral with a few changes as Pope Benedict was not a reigning pope.

Asian cardinals travel to Vatican to join rare papal funeral

The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lies in state at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, on Jan 3. Benedict, a conservative intellectual who in 2013 became the first pontiff in six centuries to resign, died on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 95. His funeral is scheduled for Jan. 5 in the Vatican. (Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP)

By UCA News reporters with CNS reports

Published: January 04, 2023 12:09 PM GMT

At least 15 cardinals from Asia will be attending the funeral of retired Pope Benedict tomorrow in the Vatican in a ceremony unprecedented in six centuries that will see a reigning pope leading the requiem procedure.

Besides the cardinals, most heads of Asia’s national bishops’ conferences will also join the global Catholic hierarchy for the funeral of Pope Benedict who died at 95 of age-related illness on Dec. 31.

The Jan. 5 requiem procedure will be a papal funeral but with a few changes to fit with the fact that Pope Benedict was not the reigning pope, and he has not left behind the Petrine Seat vacant.

“The liturgical celebration follows the model of a funeral service for a supreme pontiff, broadly speaking,” Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, told reporters on Jan. 3.

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