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Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 11:30 am
Youm7 TV presented a special presentation by Ahmad Al-Jaafari, produced by Amani Al-Agraz, on the announcement of Pope Francis. Pope He decided to shorten his funeral and suggested he be the first pope to be buried outside the Vatican in more than a century.
The 87-year-old pope revealed his funeral rites in an interview with Mexican television channel N+.
In an interview before the pope presided at St. Peter’s Basilica, he appeared to have recovered from bronchitis.
The Pope revealed that he was working with the Vatican’s Chief of Ceremonies, Diego Ravelli, to simplify the complicated and lengthy funeral rites used for his ancestors, whom he decided to bury because of his devotion to the Virgin Mary. Santa Maria Cathedral in Rome, where he usually goes to pray before and after his foreign trips.
The funeral is expected to take place in St. Peter’s Square, where many popes are buried beneath St. Peter’s Basilica.
The last Pope to be buried outside the Vatican was Leo XIII, who died in 1903 and was buried in the Cathedral of St. John Lateran in Rome.
Pope Francis said in 2013 that he was ready to step down if Benedict’s health worsened, but he also believes that papal resignation should not become a rule.
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