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Thousands of Pilgrims Pay Their Respects to Benedict XVI

National Catholic RegisterThousands of pilgrims, including President Sergio Mattarella of Italy (above), paid their respects to Pope Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31, at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The exposition of Benedict’s earthly remains will continue Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 7pm in the basilica, according to the Vatican. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday.

Archbishop Gänswein kissed the late Pope’s hands adorned with a Rosary, and embraced some visitors who offered their condolences.

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