Heads Of State Are Paying Their Last Respects To Pope Benedict. Biden Isn’t One Of Them.

US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Poland following a meeting with G7 and European leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Vatican released several articles previewing what is to be expected at tomorrow’s funeral, through its state-run media organization.
  • Pope Francis will preside over his predecessor’s liturgy, the first pope to do so since 1802, when Pius VII presided over a solemn funeral of Pius VI — who died in exile as a prisoner of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • The Vatican stated on Tuesday that the late Pope Emeritus would be placed in a cypress coffin, and interred within the former tomb of Pope St. John Paul II within St. Peter’s Basilica crypt, per his request.

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