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Only In Print: Pope Benedict’s Final Resting Place

The oak casket of Pope Benedict XVI is closed during its burial in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 5, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

By The Tablet Staff

Pope Benedict XVI was buried on Jan. 5 in the Vatican Grottoes, a space located beneath St. Peter’s Basilica that serves as the final resting place of numerous popes and historical figures.

He was interred in three caskets and was placed in the same crypt where the body of his predecessor, Pope Saint John Paul II, was buried following his death in 2005. Pope St. John Paul II’s remains were transferred to the basilica and placed in St. Sebastian Chapel in 2011 before his beatification Mass.

Immediately following the funeral Mass, Pope Benedict XVI’s remains…

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