Pope Francis was among those who paid their respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI after his funeral (Picture: AP)
The body of Benedict XVI, the first pope to resign in six centuries, has been buried in a tomb in the Vatican grotto following a funeral service.
It is the first time in hundreds of years that the Vatican held a funeral service for a former pope, presided over by the present Pope.
He died on Saturday aged 95 after many years of illness, after he became the first Pope to resign in 600 years in 2013, citing old age.
Benedict will be buried in a crypt beneath St Peter’s Basilica that holds the tombs of more than ninety of his predecessors
Cardinals put on their tiara during the funeral (Picture: Getty)
Pope Francis sits by the coffin of late Pope during the funeral today (Picture: PA)
Priests and faithfuls during the funeral (Picture: EPA)
Pope Francis looked emotional as he laid the former Pope to rest (Picture: AFP)
Members of the clergy outside the Vatican (Picture: Reuters)
Thousands of mourners paid their respects to the late pope (Picture: REUTERS)
Around 100,000 people attended the funeral (Credits: REUTERS)
St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican was packed for the funeral (Picture: REUTERS)
Pope Francis stands as pallbearers carry the coffin of former Pope Benedict during his funeral (Picture: REUTERS)
He was carried into the Vatican before being lowered into a tomb (Picture: REUTERS)
The service began this morning after three days in which Benedict’s body, dressed in robes and clutching rosary beads, had been on display, allowing tens of thousands of mourners to file past.
The crowd applauded as pallbearers carried Benedict’s cypress coffin out of the fog-shrouded St. Peter’s Basilica and rested it before the altar in the vast square outside.
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