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PHOTOS: Solemn Images of the Closing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Coffin

Before the wooden coffin is closed, Benedict XVI’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Monsignor Diego Giovanni Ravelli, the Vatican’s lead master of ceremonies for papal liturgies, place a white veil over the late pope’s face. The action on Jan. 4, 2023, is part of the funeral rites for popes.

Benedict XVI’s funeral and burial in the Vatican crypt took place on the morning of Jan. 5.

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