Pope Benedict XVI : Around 200,000 people attend lying in state

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Almost 200,000 people paid homage to former Pope Benedict XVI during his lying in the state over the last three days.

His body has been sealed in a coffin ahead of his funeral n Thursday. Pope Francis will preside over the funeral-the first time a sitting Pope has led his predecessor’s funeral in over 220 years.

The former Pope died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 95, almost a decade after standing own because of ill health. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral in Sl Peter’s square in front of St.Peter’s Basilica.

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