By Ivan Mwine
The Holy See has confirmed that retired Pope Benedict XVI, who died on December 31st, 2022, aged 95 years.
According to sources from the Vatican, Benedict XVI will be buried in the crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica.
Benedict’s death was announced in Rome on December 31, 2022 by the Vatican.
His body will lie in state in St. Peter’s Basilica from the morning of Monday, January 2, 2023, until his funeral Mass in St. Peter’s Square on January 5, 2023.
At the end of the Mass, there will be the Final Commendation and valediction before Benedict XVI’s coffin is carried to the Vatican crypt for burial.
The tombs in the Vatican crypt are close to the remains of the Catholic Church’s first pope, St. Peter the Apostle.
Benedict XVI’s remains will stay at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery until January 2, 2022, the Vatican said, although no official visits or public prayers are planned.
Meanwhile, we have established that the Catholic Church in Uganda will on the same day hold a requiem mass to pray for the soul of the departed Pontiff, which will be sung by the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bianco.
Who Is Pope Benedict
Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; 16 April 1927 – 31 December 2022, was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 19 April 2005 until his resignation on February 28, 2013.
Benedict’s election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II.
Benedict chose to be known as “Pope emeritus” upon his resignation and retained this title until his death.
He however resigned following a spate of sex scandals involving several cases of clergymen being accused of paedophilia, homosexuality and other crimes, which he was often faulted for covering up.
Actually, long-suppressed allegations that priests had been preying on children and that the bishops covered up the crimes, were already roiling the church when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope in April 2005 and took Benedict as his papal name.
Like his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, Benedict also apologized to the victims and then took some steps to punish the predators, although several of the victims have never received justice to date.
However, critics say that the actions Benedict took, which included meeting with and apologizing directly to some victims, were “too little, too late” and that his legacy may forever be stained by his failure to fully address a plague that many say soils the church’s image to this day.