As the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is laid to rest, the Holy See Press Office publishes the text of the Deed placed in his coffin, which recounts his biography for posterity.
The coffin of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was sealed in a ritual in St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday evening, after around 200,000 pilgrims had finished paying their respects to the German-born Pope.
As per tradition, the Pope Emeritus’ pallium, coins and medals minted during his pontificate, as well as a “Rogito” or Deed summarizing the highlights of his papacy, were also placed inside the casket.
Following the Requiem Mass on Thursday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s coffin was transported through the Basilica and to the Vatican crypt for burial, in the first tomb of John Paul II.
He was buried in the traditional triple coffin, with caskets made of cypress wood, zinc, and oak.
Ahead of the Requiem Mass, the Holy See Press Office published the full text of the Deed, written in Latin and sealed inside a metal cylinder.
The following is an English-language translation of the Deed… (click below)Deed of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI placed in casket – Vatican News