Pope Francis to preside over funeral of former Pope Benedict XVI on January 5

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Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of former Pope Benedict XVI, who has died at the age of 95, on January 5, the Vatican said Saturday.

“On Thursday January 5, at 9:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) the funeral is expected to take place in Saint Peter’s Square, presided over by the Holy Father,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists at a special briefing following the death of the first pontiff to resign in six centuries.

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