In photos: Pope Francis leads the funeral for Benedict XVI
The big picture: Benedict became the first pope in six centuries to resign the post atop the Catholic Church. His decision to step down in 2013 marked the start of an unprecedented period with a current and former pope living at the same time, the Associated Press reports.
- Benedict was the oldest pope in history when he passed away on Dec. 31 at 95. The former pope had become "very sick," and his condition had worsened "due to advanced age," Pope Francis said.
Details: Francis opened the funeral proceedings with a prayer and ended it by blessing Benedict's casket, AP reports. Thousands of faithful, including clergy and heads of state, attended the service to commemorate Benedict.
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