Tens of thousands of people were present in St. Peter’s Square for the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Jan. 5. Following the funeral Mass, Father Mark Gadoury, associate pastor of St. Luke Parish in Barrington, shared photos of his participation in the Mass with his parish school. “What a blessing to be at the Mass this morning,” Father Gadoury told the community. The funeral Mass was simple and solemn, in accord with Benedict XVI’s wishes. The Sistine Chapel Choir sang the “Salve Regina,” “In Paradisum,” and other hymns. After the funeral Mass, the pope’s casket was taken to the chapel in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica where he was to be buried.
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